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By Welch, Edward; Barnet, Marie-Claire

ISBN-10: 9042021705

ISBN-13: 9789042021709

'Famille, je vous ai (encore et toujours a l'esprit?), je vous aime un peu, beaucoup, ou je vous hais enormement?' What are households like in modern France? And what starts off to emerge once we examine them from the viewpoint of modern theoretical views: (faulty) team spirit, (fake) coherence, (carefully deliberate or subversive) deconstruction, loss (of love, self assurance or credibility), or, even (utter) chaos and (alarming) confusion? Which media revamp outdated stereotypes, generate replacement reinterpretations, and suggest extra ambiguous solutions? What pictures, scenes or frames stand out in modern representations of the relations? Uneasy contradictions and ambiguities emerge during this bilingual selection of techniques and style reports. The kinfolk plot turns out to thicken as relatives ties seem to loosen. Has 'the relations' been misplaced from sight, or is it being reinvented in our collective imaginary? This e-book proposes a brand new sequence of views and questions about an previous and 'familiar' subject, exploring the nation and standing of the relations in modern literature, tradition, serious and psychoanalytic conception and sociology

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Family Frames, p. 9. 28 Ibid. , p. 11. 27 Figuring out the Family 51 father as the object of five looks: that of his daughter and his wife who secretly view him from behind, and the three looks he casts on himself through the angled panels of the mirror. Cultural norms of the father as the head of the bourgeois household are undermined by his replicated weeping image. Furthermore, the daughter sees the mother’s illicit look upon the father and thus obtains an insight into the disharmony of parental relations.

My chosen writers, Marie Darrieussecq, Lorette Nobécourt and Marie Ndiaye, may all be described as writers of the family. I discuss several of their texts 2 and I bring the writers together for three reasons. Firstly, because each is forensically and persistently attentive to the fine-grained work of family construction and maintenance, which suggests that a new tendency and focus in family writing has emerged in recent years – a focus on family as everyday practice; secondly, because they share an obsession with the disintegration of the social fabric of family; thirdly, because I contend that their textual attentiveness to family has a peculiarly feminine – even maternal – intensity.

In Papa doit manger, and Fanny in En famille – who live through the metamorphoses and contortions that attend those who question the law that governs them; while those who incarnate and so, willy-nilly, uphold the law – Papa in Papa doit manger, Fanny’s endless aunts and cousins in En famille – remain strangely immune from change, eternally themselves in the teeth of otherness. Page laissée blanche intentionnellement Figuring Out the Family: Family as Everyday Practice in Contemporary French Women’s Writing Shirley-Ann Jordan Tous les matins la même histoire: reconstituer la famille 1 This chapter analyses contemporary instances of the fertile relationship between narrative fiction and family.

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