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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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Writing the Auto/biographical Legacies of La Place and Une femme

Writing the Auto/biographical Legacies of La Place and Une femme

(p.87) Chapter 3 Writing the Auto/biographical Legacies of La Place and Une femme
Annie Ernaux
Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyses the issue of auto/biographical legacies in Annie Ernaux's La Place and Une femme. It suggests that the instances of metacommentary first used by Ernaux in La Femme gelée became more prominent in La Place and Une femme both in their typographical separation from the main narrative and in their explicatory function of the narrator's perception of the role of writing and language generally. The chapter also contends that the auto/biographical and ethnographical elements of these works point to their endemic generic instability.

Keywords:   auto/biographical legacies, Annie Ernaux, La Place, Une femme, metacommentary, generic instability

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