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André Pézard dans ses archives : naissance d'un écrivain et d'un italianiste

Abstract : André Pézard is well known for being one of the most important italianists of the twentieth century: he translated the Complete Works of Dante alone and played an active part in the development and reception of italianism in France. Besides his professional and academic activities, from teaching in Avignon Secondary School to the Collège de France, the archives prove that he was also a writer in his personal and daily practice. A survivor of the First World War, from 1919 to 1921, the young man kept a personal diary in which he wrote about his progressive readjustment to civil life, during his first teaching job in Avignon. Which literary record did he want to leave by writing the Journal d’Avignon? Which function did he assign to his personal diary in daily life? If the young diarist never clearly planned to publish his work, some key elements lead us to believe that, as for his whole archives, this diary became a laboratory from which he would draw material and inspiration in order to write. After publishing a first testimony of the direct experience of war, Nous autres à Vauquois, in 1919, did André Pézard intend to write a second autobiography? Did he contemplate a literary production that could aim at transmitting a personal experience or a cultural heritage? The Journal d’Avignon, which attests to the variety of Pézard’s writing, did not give away its secrets. Our research and analysis prove that André Pézard finally did not take the path of official writing and did not publish his diary and the narrative productions it contained. The activities of the italianist probably put Pézard’s wish to become a writer on a secondary level.
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Sylvie Marie Dit Borel. André Pézard dans ses archives : naissance d'un écrivain et d'un italianiste. Linguistique. Normandie Université, 2020. Français. ⟨NNT : 2020NORMC034⟩. ⟨tel-03198722⟩

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