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Interview with Will Self

Par Will Self, Beth Harper : Lectrice d'anglais - ENS de Lyon , David Belaga
Publié par Clifford Armion le 23/06/2009

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On 29th May 2009, the London-based writer Will Self came to Lyon to take part in the Villa Gillet's "Assises Internationales du Roman". He was to give a talk on his perspectives on the works of the influential French writer, Louis Ferdinand Céline, but before he did so I managed to catch up with him to ask a few questions about his interests, influences and views on modern fiction.

Will Self is an icon of fin du siècle Britain tearing up the Establishment and questioning the psychic decay of the individual in modern British society. His status as a prolific journalist, recovering heroin addict, psychogeographer, philosopher, art critic and novelist ensure his works maintain an edgy significance in their relentless satire on modern-day Britain. Watch the interview to gain a glimpse of this fascinating harbinger of the British Zeitgeist.


1. What is "psychogeography"? 00:00
2. The importance of the city of London  05:01
3. The tradition of the French "flâneur" 07:30
4. Have the urban planners thought enough about the impact of the architecture on people's every day life in London? 09:27
5. What are your most recent influences? 12:22
6. About Dorian 17:17
7. Does psychological realism still has a place in the novel? 23:09
8. The importance of writing and your writing process 25:21
9. What are your hobbies? 32:17
10. When is the right time to read Sandbox and Naked Lunch? 33:47
L'entretien a été mené par Beth Harper, lectrice d'anglais à l'ENS LSH (2008-2009) et David Belaga, élève à l'ENS LSH.



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Cock and Bull (novellas). London, Bloomsbury, 1992; New York, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1993.

My Idea of Fun: A Cautionary Tale. London, Bloomsbury, 1993; New York, Atlantic Monthly Press, 1994.

Grey Area, and Other Stories. London, Bloomsbury, 1994; New York, Grove Press, 1996.Junk Mail. London, Bloomsbury, 1995.

A Story for Europe. London, Bloomsbury, 1996.

Great Apes. London, Bloomsbury, 1997; New York, Grove Press, 1997.

Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys. New York, Grove Press, and London, Bloomsbury, 1998.

The Sweet Smell of Psychosis, illustrations by Martin Rowson. London, Bloomsbury, 1996; New York, Grove Press, 1999.

How the Dead Live. New York, Grove Press, 2000.

Dorian. London, Penguin Books, 2003.

The Book of Dave. London, Penguin Books, 2007.

Liver. London, Viking, 2008.


Junk Mail. London, Bloomsbury, 1995.

Feeding Frenzy. London, Bloomsbury, 2001.

Psychogeography. London, Bloomsbury, 2007.


Pour citer cette ressource :

Will Self, Beth Harper, David Belaga, "Interview with Will Self", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2009. Consulté le 28/05/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/litterature/entretiens-et-textes-inedits/interview-with-will-self