Annie Ernaux

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Annie Ernaux

The Return to Origins

Modern French Writers, 6


June 1st, 2000

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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.

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Siobhán McIlvanney is Professor of French and Francophone Women's Writing at King’s College London.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
List of Abbreviations7
Introduction: Con/textualising the Corpus9
1: The Early Years: Classifying Sexuality in Les Armoires vides and Ce qu’ils disent ou rien25
2: The Adult Woman: Female Behaviour Paradigms in La Femme gelée and Passion simple57
3: Writing the Auto/biographical Legacies of La Place and Une femme95
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 exté rieure125
5: The Return to Origins: La Honte and L’Evénement161
Notes to Introduction185