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Ipséité et altérité dans l’œuvre littéraire de Leonard Woolf

Abstract : This study aims to examine the notion of otherness in Leonard Woolf's literary work. Our thesis means to trace Leonard Woolf’s ethical trajectory from his first experiences as an ‘unconscious imperialist’ to those of a being highly aware of ethical issues. We believe that this evolution in the author’s mentality is reflected in his literary, political and editorial work. Our analysis focuses on Leonard Woolf’s novels, short stories and play as well as his autobiography. The first part of this thesis aims to highlight Leonard Woolf’s openness to other cultures through the analysis of the Sinhalese myth. This first axis includes a study of The Village in the Jungle, The Wise Virgins and ‘The Two Brahmans’ in the light of mythology. In the second part of our study, we attempt to highlight the author’s conception of otherness in the following works: ‘A Tale Told by Moonlight’, ‘Pearls and Swine’, ‘Three Jews’, The Wise Virgins and The Hotel. We believe that these works reveal a conception of otherness that departs from the one presented in his earlier works and that moves towards a union with the other. The third part of our work is devoted to the study of otherness in Leonard Woolf’s autobiography. In this last section, we show how the author tries to integrate the other within his own ipseity. Key words: Leonard Woolf, ipseity, alterity, modernism, literature and philosophy, mythology, autobiography
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Leïla Haghshenas. Ipséité et altérité dans l’œuvre littéraire de Leonard Woolf. Littératures. Université Paul Valéry - Montpellier III, 2019. Français. ⟨NNT : 2019MON30066⟩. ⟨tel-02927290⟩

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