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Marie NDiaye: Blankness and Recognition

Andrew Asibong


This is the first critical study in English to focus exclusively on the work of Marie NDiaye, born in central France in 1967, winner of the Prix Femina (2001), the Prix Goncourt (2009), shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize (2013), and widely considered to be one of the most important French authors of her generation. Andrew Asibong argues that at the heart of NDiaye’s world lurks an indefinable ‘blankness’ which makes it impossible for the reader to decode narrative at the level of psychology or event. NDiaye’s texts explore social stigmata and familial disintegration with a viol ... More

Keywords: Marie NDiaye, blankness, literary violence, families in literature, writing for children, French postmodern fiction,, French theatre, hybridity, postcolonial studies, psychoanalytic literary criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781846319464
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846319464.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Asibong, author
Birkbeck, University of London