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Ghost Writing and Writing Ghosts : mémoire(s), identité(s) et langage(s) dans Beloved de Toni Morrison

Abstract : The objective of this research is to highlight the different ways in which two fundamental reflections at the core of Toni Morrison's writings, the relation to memory and the relation to language, revolve around the notion of identity. Compelling evidences of this structuring can be found in Morrison's novel Beloved, the main object of study of this research analysing several works of Afro-American literature. In a first part will be studied the role of memory in the construction of identity and in the way of dealing with life itself, for instance through the experience of a specific temporality, the borders of which are questioned by a pathological relationship with memory. The possibility of reconciliation between identity and memory are also analyzed. Then, the reflection focuses on the essential stakes at the core of the experience of memory, through its double nature, both individual and collective. This research will finally lead to an analysis of the relation to language in Toni Morrison's critical and literary writings, as well as of the limitations of language in expressing, or rather in trying to express, memory. This will be done through, for instance, an exploration of the concept of postmemory.
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Lucas Cantinelli. Ghost Writing and Writing Ghosts : mémoire(s), identité(s) et langage(s) dans Beloved de Toni Morrison. Littératures. 2019. ⟨dumas-02876737⟩



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