n French Studies in Southern Africa - Mé moire et identité dans Quoi? L'Éternité de Marguerite Yourcenar
|Article Title||Mé moire et identité dans Quoi? L'Éternité de Marguerite Yourcenar|
|© Publisher:||Association for French Studies in Southern Africa (AFSSA)|
|Journal||French Studies in Southern Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 2008|
|Pages||136 - 158|
|Keyword(s)||Ecriture de soi, Identite, Identity, Marguerite Yourcenar, Memoire, Memory, Quoi? L'Eternite and Writing the self|
The role of personal memory in Marguerite Yourcenar's Labyrinthe du monde 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 Quoi? l'Éternité, 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 Ricur'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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