Amélie Nothomb: Authorship, Identity and Narrative Practice

Because the ebook of her first novel in 1992, Amélie Nothomb keeps to interact and to impress her readers via her exploration of the fluid obstacles among attractiveness and monstrosity, strong and evil, myth and fact, in addition to via her interesting presentation of adolescence, anorexia, and the abject. In Amélie Nothomb: Authorship, identification and Narrative perform, the 1st full-length examine in English of Nothomb’s paintings, those components are provided and interpreted from quite a few views, with the individuals concentrating on a unmarried novel or evaluating diversified texts. constructed from a set of essays on her autobiographical and fictional works, with contributions from her anglophone translators, it's also an interview with the writer, a preface through the eminent author and critic, Jacques de Decker and a bibliography of secondary works. Nothomb’s works and the serious responses to them are contextualized in a normal creation and arranged below the next key issues: autobiography and gender id, representations of the physique, and narrative perform. This assortment is a necessary source for college kids and students of twentieth-century modern literature and gender reviews.

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32 This has signalled the opening of the road towards intergenericity, of which two further signposts are worth mentioning. ‘Tout ceci doit être considéré comme dit par un personnage de roman’,33 writes Roland Barthes in his own subversive autobiography; Serge Doubrovsky pursues and theorizes his series of autofictions, or fictions of his own self: ‘Si j’essaie de me remémorer, je m’invente . . 34 Although the events around which the three works are built are all based on true, verifiable facts of Amélie Nothomb’s life, the autobiographer naturally selects, dramatizes, and ultimately mythifies them to form the framework of highly readable tales: a six-year-old girl experiencing an unrequited love affair in Beijing during the 1970s; a baby with the inflated ego of a God (or a Plant, depending on whom you believe) discovering its self by eating Belgian white chocolate and surviving two drownings; and finally, a one year job in a Japanese company turning into a sado-masochistic, mystical experience.

The act is a self-barred signature; its destructive narcissism seems to some particularly feminine. 20 This fission or elision is the search for a whole identity, not reducible to a gender binary. Water: ‘Eaux Sales’ and ‘Eaux Purificatrices’ It is not insignificant that Amélie’s attempted suicide occurs in a pond. Engulfed in a text riddled with biblical allusions, this pond recalls the latin Piscina, which serves in a ritual of ablution, to cleanse the body. ‘Suicide serves magically to purge the assaulted body’21 from the metaphorical rape of the carp scene.

For a psychoanalytical analysis, see, Anon. op. cit. 27. See Picard, op. , pp. 119–38. 28. Hygiène de l’assassin (Paris: Albin Michel, 1992). 29. Tombeur, op. cit. 30. Annick Cojean, ‘La rage des “chiennes de garde” ’, Le Monde, 12 février 2000, p. 13. 31. André Gide, Si le grain ne meurt (Paris: Gallimard, 1954), p. 545. 32. David Malouf, Johnno: A Novel (St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1975). 33. Roland Barthes, Roland Barthes par Roland Barthes (Paris: Seuil, 1975), p. 5. 34. Serge Doubrovsky, Le Livre brisé (Paris: Grasset, 1989), p.

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