‘Jealousy’ was one of the first (and the best) novels of the ‘nouveau For Robbe- Grillet readers had become lazy and were used to being. Published in , as the nouveau roman was rising on the Parisian liter- ary scene, Alain Robbe-Grillet’s novel La Jalousie [Jealousy] produced in many of its . Complete summary of Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Jealousy. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Jealousy.

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For Robbe-Grillet readers had become lazy and were used to being spoon fed information by writers who felt that everything had to be explained, that readers had jealpusy not only have the plots and characters motives explained to them but should also be told how they should feel about those plots and character motives.

The lacquered table suddenly turns deep blue, like her dress, white floor and the sides of the bathtub. The whole room is plunged into darkness.


Jealousy by Alain Robbe-Grillet

Their small size, their relative distance, their speed-all the greater the closer they fly to the source of light-keep the shape of their bodies and wings from being recognized. They are merely articles in motion, describing more or less flattened ellipses in horizontal planes or at slight angles, cutting the elongated cylinder of the lamp at various levels.

Although neither the arm nor the head seems disturbed by the slightest movement, the hair, more sensitive, captures the oscillations of the wrist, amplifies them and translates them into unexpected eddies, which awaken reddish highlights in its moving mass.

The head must be shaken with tiny movements, imperceptible in themselves, but amplified by the mass of hair, creating gleaming, quickly vanishing healousy whose sudden intensity is reawakened in unlooked-for convulsions a little lower…lower still…and a little spasm much lower. Has the narrator caught her in an act of onanism?

Or does his yrillet colour even her most innocuous of actions? In his attempt to describe everything as objectively as possible he imbues every scene with a purely subjective, symbolic meaning. Is it a love letter?


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What does the man who the narrator notes is bending down gazing into the shallow perhaps muddy water symbolize? Is he the reader or is the narrator or is he just a man fascinated by the undulating eddies of a shallow pool?

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