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Lia Brozgal and Sara Kippur

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382639

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.001.0001

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Selves at Risk

Selves at Risk

Reading Susan Suleiman with Marc Augé, La Vie en double

(p.230) Chapter Fourteen Selves at Risk
Being Contemporary

Tom Conley

Liverpool University Press

‘Selves at Risk: Reading Susan Suleiman with Marc Augé, La Vie en double’, written by Tom Conley, elaborates speculative answers to the question of what makes writing, and particularly certain forms of self-writing, possible. In his essay, Conley places Suleiman’s work in dialogue with the personal writings of ethnographer Marc Augé. Diving deeply into the thick of the material to excavate a hybrid concept of self-representation, he moves deftly between the literary critic and the ethnographer, ultimately suggesting that the shared ‘existential tenor’ of the two bodies of work cannot be happenstance, but rather the result of a shared impulse to perform an ‘ethnology of the self’ through writing.

Keywords:   French and Francophone Studies, Literary Theory, Literary Criticism, European Literature, French Literature, French Culture, Cultural Studies, European Studies

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