n French Studies in Southern Africa - de Marguerite Yourcenar : L'autobiographie comme dépassement de la séparation entre l'individuel et l'universel




The present study explores the paradoxical foregrounding of the universal instead of the individual or the self, in Marguerite Yourcenar's autobiographical trilogy . The article argues that Yourcenar's rejection of the idea of unique individuality, which results in a lack of self-representation, is shaped by three aspects which characterized her intellectual development, namely her abandonment of humanist thought, her acquaintance with oriental religions and the influence of modernism on her writings.


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