Annie Ernaux's La Place has undoubtedly received more critical attention than any other publication by her. Alison S. Fell's unusual pairing of La Place with the lesser known La Honte is therefore a welcome one, and compares these texts' differing treatments of broadly similar topics, charting developments over the 13 year interval separating their respective publications. Most users should sign in with their email address.

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ISBN As Alison Fell notes in her introduction to this critical guide, a particular aspect of Ernaux's oeuvre is its evolution as a series of pairings--a latter text revisiting some of the material already explored in a former--of which La Place and La Honte constitute a typical example, hence their pairing here.

La Place is Ernaux's best-known text both in France and abroad, and has subsequently generated much scholarly attention. The deceptively simple structure and style used to represent the narrator's sense of loss and betrayal following her father's death, grounded in a context of collective experience of class migration and division rather than focusing on the individual, have made it a regular feature on A-Level and undergraduate syllabuses. The reception of La Honte was more mixed, as critics were by then Author: Nathalie Morello.

Date: Jan. Publisher: Modern Humanities Research Association. Document Type: Book review. Length: words. Access from your library This is a preview. Get the full text through your school or public library. Source Citation Morello, Nathalie. Accessed 5 June


Annie Ernaux: 'La Place' and 'La Honte'

Ernaux grew up in Yvetot in Normandy. She studied at the universities of Rouen and then Bordeaux, qualifying as a school-teacher, and gaining a higher degree in modern literature She worked for a time on a thesis project, unfinished, on Marivaux. Annie Ernaux started her literary career in with Les Armoires vides Cleaned Out , an autobiographical novel. In , she won the Renaudot Prize for another of her autobiographical works La Place A Man's Place , an autobiographical narrative focusing on her relationship with her father and her experiences growing up in a small town in France, and her subsequent process of moving into adulthood and away from her parents' place of origin. Very early in her career, she turned away from fiction to concentrate on autobiography. Translated by Alison L.


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