Annie Ernaux: The Return to Origins

Annie Ernaux: The Return to Origins

by Siobhan McIlvanney


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In this first critical study in English to focus exclusively on Annie Ernaux’s writing trajectory, Siobhán McIlvanney provides a stimulating and challenging analysis of Ernaux’s individual texts. Following a broadly feminist hermeneutic, this study engages in a series of provocative close readings of Ernaux’s works in a move to highlight the contradictions and nuances in her writing, and to demonstrate the intellectual intricacies of her literary project. By so doing, it seeks to introduce new readers to Ernaux’s works, while engaging on less familiar terrain those already familiar with her writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780853235477
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication date: 12/30/2001
Series: Liverpool University Press - Modern French Writers Series
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 1740L (what's this?)

About the Author

Siobhán McIlvanney is reader in French and Francophone women’s writing at King’s College London. 

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Con/textualising the Corpus
1. The Early Years: Classifying Sexuality in Les Armoires vides and Ce qu'ils disent ou rien
2. The Adult Woman: Female Behaviour Paradigms in La Femme gelée and Passion simple
3. Writing the Auto/biographical Legacies of La Place and Une femme
4. Self/representation through the M/other in the Diaries of 'Je ne suis pas sortie de ma nuit', Journal du dehors and La Vie extérieure
5. The Return to Origins: La Honte and L'Evénement

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