Researching the life of a novel means uncovering the traces of how it was written—not only the edits, corrections, and additions made to a manuscript, but also the conversations in letters or in diaries that show how these decisions were made. Finding and bringing together these traces reveal what cannot be known when reading the published novel alone. By teasing out these connections, the researcher can be in dialogue with the novel itself in new ways. [Read more…] about Jean Malaquais and the life of a novel
Julia Elsky is Assistant Professor of French at Loyola University Chicago. A chapter of her book, Writing Occupation: Jewish Émigré Voices in Wartime France (Stanford University Press, 2020), focuses on Jean Malaquais and is based on her research at the Harry Ransom Center.