Les écrits de la rupture amoureuse dans les textes de gens ordinaires et la littérature française de l'extrême contemporain (2000-2010)

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Title: Les écrits de la rupture amoureuse dans les textes de gens ordinaires et la littérature française de l'extrême contemporain (2000-2010)
Author: Kraenker, Sabine
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Arts, Department of Modern Languages, French Philology
Thesis level: Doctoral dissertation (monograph)
Belongs to series: Publications romanes de l'Université de Helsinki 8 - URN:ISSN:1799-4683
Abstract: The study examines unpublished writings and literary works which belong mostly either to novelistic or autobiographical genre. The study is divided into three parts: after the introduction, a Preamble presents the theoretical framework used in the study. The other two parts deal with break-up narratives, and, to a lesser extent, with Dear John Letters . The introduction presents the research questions and asks whether it is possible to find a typology and a rhetoric in the way leaving someone is expressed. The central notion of falling out of love in the Western tradition is defined, connected with passion, adulterous love and the image of impossible love. In this context, the dominant narrative is the one which describes the suffering of the one left more than the one leaving. The choice of texts, both among published and unpublished writings, is intended to give the possibility to compare fiction and non-fiction, ordinary writings and literary writings, and to find common features between them, which, if proved true, would confirm that there is a specific way to write about break-up and to write a break-up letter. The frames of references for the study, presented in the Preamble, are numerous: rhetorics and pragmatics, linguistics, and the theory of enunciation. Furthermore, some approaches are also based on sociology and psychology. The part concerning the analysis of break-up narratives shows that among the published break-up narratives, the difference between fictional and non-fictional writings is clear in the older texts, but more complex in the contemporary literature. The conclusion is that a hybrid status can be observed, at the border between fiction and non-fiction. Most of the texts are autobiographical without being called so. The notion of self-fiction, however convenient a label it may be, is not relevant. The genre description appearing on the front page or as a subtitle only reflects how frequently the novel genre is alluded to, which can be interpreted in different ways. Only one thing is common to all the texts: they are all written in the first person singular. Many break-up narratives have fragmentary structure, with letters and diaries as components. Pictures also play an important role in certain texts. The structure of the narratives, their openings and closings, the fact that they are addressing someone, and the close link between letter and diary is examined. Letters and diaries are shown to be the most appropriate forms when dealing with break-up, they are the most commonly used forms. The last part of the study focuses on the examination of break-up letters. The study shows their formal characteristics, noting how brief the letters frequently are, and also how contradictory too, because writing to someone, the mere act of writing a letter, tends to make people closer, when, at the same time, the content of the letter is meant to express distance. The examples in this part of the study come mainly from the unpublished writings. Choosing to break up by writing a letter leads to thinking about argumentation. Some micro analyses elucidate how the arguments work and how they are used to hide the end of a feeling by giving logical reasons for a change in the sentiments of the one writing the letter. The study shows that there are specific characteristics in break-up writing, both in narratives and break-up letters, but it is not possible to talk about a break-up genre.Not avalaible
URI: URN:ISBN:978-952-10-9889-5
http://hdl.handle.net/10138/44988
Date: 2014-05-30
Subject: contemporary French Literature
Rights: This publication is copyrighted. You may download, display and print it for Your own personal use. Commercial use is prohibited.


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