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

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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.

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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 pp. 121-135.

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Published date: 2007

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Local EPrints ID: 46026
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/46026
ISBN: 9789042021709
PURE UUID: b9e37bf8-dbee-498b-8281-2e4212bfef61

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Date deposited: 14 May 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:09

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Author: Loraine Day
Editor: Marie-Claire Barnet
Editor: Edward Welch

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