French literature and film in the USSR and Mao's China: intertexts in Makine's Au temps du fleuve Amour and Dai Sijie's Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise


McCall, Ian (2006) French literature and film in the USSR and Mao's China: intertexts in Makine's Au temps du fleuve Amour and Dai Sijie's Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise. Romance Studies, 24, (2), 159-170. (doi:10.1179/174581506x120118).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/174581506x120118

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This article considers the role of French literature and film in the depiction of adolescence in two novels by the bestselling translingual authors Andreï Makine and Dai Sijie. Exposure to French film and literature provides Makine's and Dai Sijie's young protagonists with alternatives to the harsh realities of the regimes in which they live. The article explores the crucial role played by French texts in the characters' sexual awakening, and considers how their selective reading of these texts helps the protagonists create their own identities. Makine and Dai Sijie also suggest that French culture has the power to penetrate and change societies more generally. The article evaluates the extent to which this flattering view of French culture and the incorporation of French intertexts may account for the success of the novels in France.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The literary territories of postcolonialism
ISSNs: 0263-9904 (print)
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Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Modern Languages
ePrint ID: 46234
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:30
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/46234

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