a french word meaning “pure-ish.” It appears on a decaying movie poster, which Antoine sees while wandering at night.
vague and unclear
overly consistent or repetitious to the point of tedium
incomplete or partial (of an account of something)
to think deeply
a state of excitement
gloomy or bad-tempered
penny-pinching or unwilling to spend much money
changes in behavior that are unaccountable and sudden
a process or person that pays attention to detail
a large number or quantity
fleshy and soft
unnecessary excess of something
the process by which a thing transforms its shape or form and becomes something else
Stream of Consciousness
first defined by William James, stream of consciousness refers to the continuous flow of one’s thoughts and experiences in the mind. Many modernist writers developed a writing style which attempted to capture this continuous flow, and as such, the term was applied generally to this narrative style.
something which has actual, present being
the middle class. In a Marxist context, they are specifically the capitalist class who own the means of production.
Ducks and Drakes
a children's game of skipping stones
Corsica is a small island and a part of France. Famously, it is the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, who was nicknamed “Le Corse” or “The Corsican.”
humanism is a wide-ranging intellectual movement that has many different manifestations. In Nausea, it appears largely as a belief in the inherent good of humanity.
socialism is a political and economic movement that started in the 19th century. Marxism, built on the texts of Karl Marx and popular in France during Sartre’s time, is perhaps the most commonly known form of socialist thought.
a French term meaning unemployed or idle
non-conscious being, like stones, dead things, or plants
conscious being or thought
conscious being confronted by the existence of other conscious beings
Nausea Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for Nausea is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.