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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

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

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781382639.003.0015

‘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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