Amélie Nothomb: Authorship, Identity and Narrative Practice

Because the booklet of her first novel in 1992, Amélie Nothomb keeps to interact and to impress her readers via her exploration of the fluid obstacles among good looks and monstrosity, sturdy and evil, fantasy and fact, in addition to by way of her interesting presentation of adolescence, anorexia, and the abject. In Amélie Nothomb: Authorship, identification and Narrative perform, the 1st full-length research in English of Nothomb’s paintings, those parts are awarded and interpreted from a number of views, with the participants targeting a unmarried novel or evaluating diverse texts. made from a suite of essays on her autobiographical and fictional works, with contributions from her anglophone translators, it is usually an interview with the writer, a preface by means of the eminent author and critic, Jacques de Decker and a bibliography of secondary works. Nothomb’s works and the serious responses to them are contextualized in a normal creation and arranged less than the subsequent key topics: autobiography and gender identification, representations of the physique, and narrative perform. This assortment is a necessary source for college kids and students of twentieth-century modern literature and gender reviews.

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5. 34. Serge Doubrovsky, Le Livre brisé (Paris: Grasset, 1989), p. 212. 35. Interview quoted by Jocelyne Hubert, Amélie Nothomb, Le Sabotage amoureux (Paris: Magnard, 2001), p. 6. 36. Danielle Deltel, ‘Le meccano du souvenir: les doublets autobiographies chez Colette’, Bainbrigge & Den Toonder: Amélie Nothomb 22 37. 38. 39. 40. page 22 hélène jaccomard in Le récit d’enfance en question, Cahiers de sémiotique textuelle, 12, Université Paris 10 (1988) 137–153 (p. 150). Entretien au centre culturel de La Botanique, 3 avril 1998, quoted in Hubert, op.

Vii, pp. 176–82. 26. Much research has been done on the madness (hysteria) of Ophelia. See for example Gabrielle Dane, ‘Reading Ophelia’s Madness’, Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 10, 2 (1998), 405–23. 27. All three preceding quotations are from MT 169. 28. L. Irigaray, Speculum de l’autre femme (Paris: Éditions de Minuit, 1974). 29. Cixous, op. , p. 17. 30. , p. 62, my emphasis. 31. See note 17.

The writer Amélie establishes her identity through writing (‘eaux purificatrices’). The fish dreams of Métaphysique des tubes, or ‘fantasmes pisciformes’ (previously cited) are a motivating theme in Nothomb’s writing. These fish dreams recall Hélène Cixous’s ‘poissonges’: Plus tard si je sors de mes eaux toute ruisselante de mes plaisirs, si je remonte le long de mes rives, si j’observe depuis mon bord les ébats de mes poissonges, je remarque les figures innombrables qu’ils produisent dans leur danse; ne suffit-il pas que coulent nos eaux de femmes pour que s’écrive sans calcul nos textes sauvages et populeux?

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