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Annie ErnauxThe Return to Origins$
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Siobhan McIlvanney

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235378

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312571

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Introduction: Con/textualising the Corpus

Introduction: Con/textualising the Corpus

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(p.1) Introduction: Con/textualising the Corpus
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Annie Ernaux
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853235378.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the works of French author Annie Ernau, and provides a close reading of several of her works including Les Armoires vides, Ce qu'ils disent ou rien, and L'Evénement. It suggests that Ernaux's writing points up a number of important areas in contemporary critical thought including particularly fluid manifestations in the realm of autobiography, and that while her works are auto/biographical, they do not constitute autobiographies but posit a metonymic relationship between narrator and author.

Keywords:   Annie Ernaux, French author, Les Armoires vides, Ce qu'ils disent, L'Evénement, autobiography, narrator and author

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