n French Studies in Southern Africa - Mé moire et identité dans de Marguerite Yourcenar

Volume 2008, Issue 38
  • ISSN : 0259-0247



The role of personal memory in Marguerite Yourcenar's has not yet attracted much attention from scholars, presumably because the author gives relatively little attention to the story of her own life in this autobiographical trilogy. However, an investigation of the function of memory in , the last of the three volumes published after the author's death, and the only one to contain a systematic recapitulation of the author's childhood, shows that it has its place in a range of literary techniques upon which Marguerite Yourcenar draws to construct a textual representation of herself. The aim of this article is to analyze, in the wake of Paul Ricœur's work on memory and the self, the way in which Marguerite Yourcenar exploits memory as a link between the past and the writerly present in order to establish her own textual identity.

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