La conception éditoriale du lecteur en France des années 1950 à la fin des années 1970, en particulier dans les “discours d’escorte” de Jean Cayrol, Jean Paulhan et Gaëtan Picon

Abstract : La conception éditoriale du lecteur en France des années 1950 à la fin des années 1970’’, or How publishers assess the role of the reader in France from the late 50ies to the end of the 70ies, examines the premises of the notion of ‘active reader’ and ‘act of reading’ in an intellectuel context wherein the author is pronounced dead and the book is being challenged by the rise of audiovisual media. The article is mainly based on the paratexts and other essays by Jean Cayrol, Jean Paulhan and Gaëtan Picon, three literary publishers of the period eager to chronicle their editorial activities, their aesthetics criterias and the mediation of present literature. Their essays and critical logs amount to professional diaries intended as a dialogue not so much with the broader reading public as with counterparts and peers within the literary sphere. The essays provide an understanding of the reading protocols and guidelines established by expert readers and which they more or less explicitely engage ordinary readers to follow. They exhibit how publishers of the time acknowledge the role of the reader who remains anonymous, yet occupies an increasingly central position within the production and reception of literature, thus slowly but steadily paving the way for reader response theories.
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Brigitte Ouvry-Vial. La conception éditoriale du lecteur en France des années 1950 à la fin des années 1970, en particulier dans les “discours d’escorte” de Jean Cayrol, Jean Paulhan et Gaëtan Picon. Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture, Groupe de recherches et d’études sur le livre au Québec, 2019, Anthony Glinoer et Julien Lefort-Favreau (dir.), "Les discours de l'éditeur", 10 (2). ⟨hal-02106398⟩

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