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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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The Return to Origins: La Honte and L'Evénement

The Return to Origins: La Honte and L'Evénement

(p.153) Chapter 5 The Return to Origins: La Honte and L'Evénement
Annie Ernaux
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines Annie Ernaux's La Honte and L'Evénement, which represent a culmination of the many ‘Ernausian’ themes and techniques found in her previous works. It suggests that the narrative structure of Ernaux's texts is typically circular and that all of her concentric narrative circles are firmly rooted in the pivotal period of childhood. The chapter also mentions that Ernaux's narrators repeatedly expose the naturalised inferiority of the marginalised and contends that the social significance of cultural indicators in her writing is dictated by existent cultural hierarchies.

Keywords:   Annie Ernaux, La Honte, L'Evénement, circular narrative structure, childhood, naturalised inferiority, cultural indicators

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