Ordinary shameful families: Annie Ernaux’s narratives of affiliation and (mis)alliance

Day, Loraine (2007) Ordinary shameful families: Annie Ernaux’s narratives of affiliation and (mis)alliance. In, Barnet, Marie-Claire and Welch, Edward (eds.) Affaires de famille. The Family in Contemporary French Culture and Theory. Amsterdam, Netherlands; New York, USA, Rodopi, 121-135.


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‘Famille, je vous ai (encore et toujours à l’esprit?), je vous aime un peu, beaucoup, ou je vous hais énormément?’ What are families like in contemporary France? And what begins to emerge when we consider them from the point of view of recent theoretical perspectives: (faulty) cohesion, (fake) coherence, (carefully planned or subversive) deconstruction, loss (of love, confidence or credibility), or, even (utter) chaos and (alarming) confusion? Which media revamp old stereotypes, generate alternative reinterpretations, and imply more ambiguous answers? What images, scenes or frames stand out in contemporary representations of the family? Uneasy contradictions and ambiguities emerge in this bilingual collection of approaches and genre studies. The family plot seems to thicken as family ties appear to loosen. Has ‘the family’ been lost from sight, or is it being reinvented in our collective imaginary? This book proposes a new series of perspectives and questions on an old and ‘familiar’ topic, exploring the state and status of the family in contemporary literature, culture, critical and psychoanalytic theory and sociology.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 9789042021709 (hardback)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Modern Languages
ePrint ID: 46026
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Date Deposited: 14 May 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:20
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/46026

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