L'autre, l'autrefois et l'ailleurs : poétique de la rupture dans l'oeuvre littéraire de Colum McCann

Cécile Maudet 1
1 CRBC Rennes - Centre de recherche bretonne et celtique
UR2 - Université de Rennes 2 : EA 4451, CRBC - Centre de recherche bretonne et celtique
Abstract : Colum McCann started his career as a writer in the 1990s, a period that was characterized by drastic social and economic changes in Ireland. Although he left Ireland for the United-States by the end of the 1980s, he did not lose touch with the social questions of his native country, which is emphasized in his literary texts and his numerous articles in the Irishpress. It seems that his immersion into another environment enabled him to enlarge the geographical and cultural scopes of his texts. The author’s work is neither rooted in any defined space, nor limited to any historical period, and it is not predefined by sets of literary movements or modes. McCann is guided by his curiosity instead, and always writes to fulfilhis interest in alterity. In this doctoral thesis, we highlight the modalities of rupture in his work, as well as their functions. Paradoxically, the treatment of rupture is precisely what allows the reader into the text, as well as what allows the text onto national and transnational literary and political scenes. The author’s production is constlantly redefined by his engagement as a citizen. This is particularly conveyed by the importance he grants to the marginal voices usually eclipsed by metahistorical texts.
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Cécile Maudet. L'autre, l'autrefois et l'ailleurs : poétique de la rupture dans l'oeuvre littéraire de Colum McCann. Littératures. Université Rennes 2, 2015. Français. ⟨NNT : 2015REN20037⟩. ⟨tel-01944903⟩

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