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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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Self/representation through the M/other in the Diaries of ‘Je ne suis pas sortie de ma nuit’, Journal du dehors and La Vie extérieure

Self/representation through the M/other in the Diaries of ‘Je ne suis pas sortie de ma nuit’, Journal du dehors and La Vie extérieure

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(p.117) Chapter 4 Self/representation through the M/other in the Diaries of ‘Je ne suis pas sortie de ma nuit’, Journal du dehors and La Vie extérieure
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Annie Ernaux
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853235378.003.0005

This chapter examines the issue of self-representation through the mothers in the diary-form writing of Annie Ernaux, which are Je ne suis pas sortie de ma nuit, Journal du dehors, and La Vie extérieure. It suggests that her use of the diary form points to her belief in the fundamental contiguity of self and Other, and that all three texts were driven by the desire to reinforce the connection between self and familiar Other. The chapter also contends that the diary in these texts constitutes a means of promoting the self/Other fusion by transforming the typically monologic discourse of diary writing into a form of dialogic exchange.

Keywords:   self-representation, mothers, diary form, Annie Ernaux, Journal du dehors, La Vie extérieure, self and Other, monologic discourse, dialogic exchange

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