Annie Ernaux

BookAnnie Ernaux

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 a Reader in French and Francophone Women’s Writing at King’s College London.