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L'enfant, originel et original, chez Violette Leduc et Marie NDiaye

Abstract : This study addresses several themes relating to childhood, as viewed by Violette Leduc and Marie NDiaye. There are many similarities in how these two authors perceive childhood, even though their positions in the literary landscape are quite different. In both of their works, a child's parents are either completely absent or else ever-present, and family relationships are influenced by objects of value to society such as money and appearance. This naturally leads us to consider the relationship between children and society, and how each one views the other. As social values impinge on the family, familial roles become reversed and children lose both their identity and their bearings. Nevertheless, despite attempts by parents and society to impose rules on children that restrict their freedom, we argue that childhood is constantly in a state of renewal. This manifests itself in many different ways, including the varied creatures and objects which fill a child's environment. Childhood, and its depiction within literature, is both rich and complex. As the authors write in defence of childhood, they alternate between fiction and autobiography. In doing so, they provide a perspective on childhood which is at the same time original and which takes its origins in their own respective childhoods.
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Asma Bouyacoub. L'enfant, originel et original, chez Violette Leduc et Marie NDiaye. Littératures. Université Toulouse le Mirail - Toulouse II, 2019. Français. ⟨NNT : 2019TOU20112⟩. ⟨tel-02968012⟩

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