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1,068 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Jenkins regards A Frozen Woman as a “disquieting book,” contending that “what ails Ernaux may be the ennui of privilege, the affliction of the upwardly mo... Read more
9,279 words, approx. 31 pages
In the following essay, Day characterizes Ce qu'ils dissent ou rien as an autobiographical novel and a significant work in the evolution of Ernaux's narrative technique. In an article wh... Read more
7,273 words, approx. 25 pages
In the following essay, Johnson argues that Ernaux's narrative style is a projection of her personal identity and comments that, throughout her oeuvre, “Ernaux traces the coming into bei... Read more
6,888 words, approx. 23 pages
In the following essay, Miller maintains that the feelings of shame and self-pity expressed in Shame transcend class boundaries and function as a unifying thematic concern for Ernaux's readers.... Read more
2,119 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following review, Miller compares Shame with Anne Roiphe's 1185 Park Avenue, asserting that the works are connected by “scenes of emotional soil that stain memory, leaving a resid... Read more
441 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following excerpt, Sallis praises Ernaux's “ambitious” combination of fictional and autobiographical details in “I Remain in Darkness.” Annie Ernaux's ... Read more
14,759 words, approx. 50 pages
In the following essay, Day explores the parallels between “Je ne suis pas sortie de ma nuit” and La honte, focusing on the role of the mother-daughter relationship in Ernaux's wo... Read more
3,688 words, approx. 13 pages
In the following essay, Lancaster posits that food functions as a signifier of class in Les armoires vides and La femme gelée and notes that both narratives “cast doubts on the possibili... Read more
651 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Genova compliments Ernaux's attempts to present a literary examination of an emotionally-troubling incident in L'événement. A new book by Annie Ern... Read more
5,695 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following essay, Marson contends that a comparison between Une femme and Marguerite Duras's Le Ravissement de Lol v. Stein “provides a terrain for questioning the specificity of w... Read more
8,902 words, approx. 30 pages
In the following essay, Willging examines the recurring authorial voice in Ernaux's works, arguing that the author's surprising admissions in La honte represent an attempt on Ernaux�... Read more
835 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following positive review of A Frozen Woman and Exteriors, Osborne lauds Ernaux's “ability to refine ordinary experience, stripping it of irrelevancy and digression and reducing i... Read more
797 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Dallas compares Se perdre with Ernaux's earlier work Passion simple, asserting that Passion simple presents a more engaging blend of “fact and fiction.” A... Read more
6,796 words, approx. 23 pages
In the following essay, Viti draws comparisons between the definition of desire in Ernaux's Passion simple and Alain Gérard's Madame, c'est à vous que j'�... Read more
691 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Abramson explores the role of truth in Se perdre and comments that the work investigates “the relationship between experience and its representation in writing.”... Read more
507 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review of La vie extérieure: 1993-1999, Meyer contends that “Ernaux's talent lies in her distinctive style, characterized by its simplicity, truthful nature, and ... Read more
1,321 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following essay, Miller views Happening as both an account of Ernaux's illegal abortion and also a “meditation on the nature of memory.” It's hard to forget your fir... Read more
342 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Howard praises Ernaux's honesty and descriptive detail in Happening. In Happening Ernaux returns to the experience of her illegal abortion that she plumbed in Cleaned O... Read more
2,091 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following interview, Ernaux discusses her personal history, her writing career, and the inspirations behind Exteriors. All writers draw on their lives in their work, but few subject their past ... Read more
313 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, O'Brien commends Ernaux's descriptive ability in Exteriors, calling the work “a remarkable piece of writing.” It has always seemed to me that a gre... Read more
4,869 words, approx. 17 pages
In the following essay, Kritzman evaluates Ernaux's treatment of shame in La honte, noting how effectively the author portrays the emotion and its fragmenting effect on self-identity. Annie Ern... Read more
513 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Meyer finds La honte and “Je ne suis pas sortie de ma nuit” to be complementary books that provide telling insights into Ernaux's past. Annie Ernaux... Read more
468 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Buckeye applauds Ernaux's unflinching commitment to literary self-examination in Shame. Each book of Annie Ernaux's is the same book, each an effort to explain, ... Read more
9,160 words, approx. 31 pages
In the following excerpt, Thomas and Webb discuss how the autobiographical works of Ernaux and Marie Cardinal fit into the genre of French feminist writing—écriture féminineȁ... Read more
5,043 words, approx. 17 pages
In the following essay, Cottille-Foley maintains that the motif of abortion in Les armoires vides “functions as a powerful expression of the protagonist's social alienation.” Care... Read more
898 words, approx. 3 pages
In the review below, Di Bernardi offers a laudatory assessment of A Woman's Story and A Man's Place, praising Ernaux's focus on class, guilt, identity, and personal history in the... Read more
889 words, approx. 3 pages
Seymour is an English novelist, biographer, editor, and journalist. In the following, she favorably reviews A Man's Place, lauding it as an "exorcism of remembrance" devoid of art... Read more
1,039 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following laudatory review, Laurence discusses stylistic aspects of A Man's Place. Reading Annie Ernaux's spare biography/autobiography A Man's Place, one gets the feeling ... Read more
860 words, approx. 3 pages
Levine is an American journalist and nonfiction writer. In the following excerpt, she lauds Ernaux's focus on language, class, and familial relationships in A Man's Place. The class mobi... Read more
312 words, approx. 2 pages
Specializing in French and comparative literature studies, Knapp is an American critic, educator, and the author of several critical books, including studies of Jean Genet, Jean Cocteau, Anaïs ... Read more
870 words, approx. 3 pages
Haber is a teacher of philosophy and women's studies. In the following review, she discusses Cleaned Out as a book about the "culturally disenfranchised." Annie Ernaux's no... Read more
195 words, approx. 1 pages
In the following review, Hoffert comments on the narrative structure and popular appeal of Simple Passion. In books like A Woman's Story and Cleaned Out bestselling French novelist Ernaux takes... Read more
1,172 words, approx. 4 pages
James reviews films for The New York Times. In the following, she praises Ernaux's examination of obsession and emotion in Simple Passion, but laments her use of and focus on self-conscious lan... Read more
3,306 words, approx. 12 pages
Merkin is an American novelist and editor. In the essay below, in which she offers a laudatory assessment of Simple Passion, Merkin addresses the popularity of the volume in France, discussing its sta... Read more
353 words, approx. 2 pages
In the review below, the critic summarizes the plot of A Frozen Woman. French writer Ernaux (Simple Passion, 1993, etc.) continues her thinly disguised fictional autobiography [with A Frozen Woman], t... Read more
443 words, approx. 2 pages
In the review below, Kuebler favorably assesses A Frozen Woman. Annie Ernaux's unflinching, unabashed prose [in A Frozen Woman] flows with such seeming spontaneity and such unguarded honesty th... Read more
1,104 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following excerpt, which was taken from the translator's afterword to the English-language version of Les armoires vides, Sanders provides a thematic and stylistic analysis of Cleaned Ou... Read more
5,882 words, approx. 20 pages
In the essay below, Day examines Ernaux's treatment of social stature, sexuality, feminine subjectivity, women's rights, and personal identity in Cleaned Out. The construction of female ... Read more
775 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following favorable assessment, Caldwell offers a thematic discussion of Cleaned Out, noting Ernaux's emphasis on loss and alienation. In the loneliness of her dorm room, a university st... Read more
679 words, approx. 3 pages
Here, Fortune lauds Ernaux's ability to evoke French experiences and an intimate portrait of family life for a universal audience in A Man's Place, which was published in England as Posi... Read more
757 words, approx. 3 pages
In the review below, Danto discusses thematic aspects of A Woman's Story, lauding the volume's originality and tender portrait of Ernaux's mother. In her 1964 novella, A Very Easy... Read more
926 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review of Cleaned Out and A Woman's Story, Neely notes Ernaux's focus on language, literacy, alienation, and class. Lying in her dorm room after a backstreet abortion, a... Read more
885 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following, Shoaf offers praise for A Woman's Story, classifying the volume as a "fictional memoir." Though little known in the U.S., the fiction of Annie Ernaux frequently ... Read more
1,057 words, approx. 4 pages
In the review below, Laurence praises the narrative structure and stylistic features of A Woman's Story. "Mother died" are two words that reverberate in French literature ever sin... Read more