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

Volume 2003, Issue 32
  • ISSN : 0259-0247



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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