Alfred de Musset, ou l'univers de la discontinuité

A. de Musset's work is remarkable by its fragmented, unfinished and motley aspects which have been considered by some critics as an obvious proof of his creative powerlessness. If it's possible to find external causes to explain the disparate appearance of his work, such as the way of publishing texts in the Revue des Deux Mondes, an in-depth analysis can demonstrate that this lack of unity actually reveals Musset's fundamental æsthetic concepts. His perception of time, particularly, is reflected by discontinuous writing and a taste for eccentric narratives, which is part of the baroque current of romanticism. Herein lies the modernity of his work. (In French) (CG)

Castagnès, Gilles.
Volume 2003-2004; 32(1-2): 9-22.