n French Studies in Southern Africa - L'invention médiatique et la construction identitaire au sein du genre autofictionnel : le cas Nothomb

Volume 2012, Issue 42
  • ISSN : 0259-0247



Autofiction as a genre seems to encourage the construction of a "mythical" form of identity. Thus, this identity construction is often accompanied by a strong media presence, as is the case with many female Francophone autofictional authors, such as Camille Laurens, Catherine Millet, Christine Angot, Chloe Delaume, Nina Bouraoui, Calixthe Beyala and Amélie Nothomb. In this article, I focus more specifically on the Belgian author Amélie Nothomb, analyzing the link between autofiction, personal mythology and media use in the construction of mythical identity. I show how Nothomb uses her omnipresence in several media - internet, television, radio, etc. - in order to create a , a posture in reality, which is then "extended" in writing through the autofictional text.

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