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Marie Darrieussecq's textual worlds: self, society, language

Chadderton, Helena


Helena Chadderton


This is the first book-length study devoted to the work of the contemporary French author Marie Darrieussecq, one of France’s leading writers, whose work has proved fascinating to both critics and readers for its diversity, her seeming ability to evade established literary categories and the changes in focus of her trajectory. This book focuses on this very ambivalence, highlighting the capacity of Darrieussecq’s texts to treat both contemporary social issues such as national identity and the role of women, and examine the complex relationship between language and reality. Focussing on the mid-section of her œuvre: Bref séjour chez les vivants, Le Bébé and Le Pays, this book brings together Darrieussecq’s social realism, her emphasis on the productive and creative roles of language and narrative and her interest in the role of social discourse in the formation of identity. It highlights the significant questions her texts raise about the ways in which we perceive and narrate the world to show the original and essential nature of Darrieussecq’s continuing literary project.


Chadderton, H. Marie Darrieussecq's textual worlds: self, society, language. The University of Hull

Book Type Authored Book
Deposit Date Dec 19, 2014
Journal Modern French identities
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Book Title Marie Darrieussecq's textual worlds: self, society, language
ISBN 978-3-03430-766-6
Keywords REF 2014 submission
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