Annie Ernaux | Critical Essay by Jennifer Willging

This literature criticism consists of approximately 5 pages of analysis & critique of Annie Ernaux.
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Critical Essay by Jennifer Willging

SOURCE: Willging, Jennifer. “Annie Ernaux's Shameful Narration.” French Forum 26, no. 1 (winter 2001): 83-103.

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's part to bring a sense of closure to her autobiographical accounts of her adolescence.

In La honte (1997), Annie Ernaux describes a painful childhood experience to which she makes no explicit reference in previous accounts of her youth.1 In that “écriture plate”2 which has been her signature style since 1984, she writes: “Mon père a voulu tuer ma mère un dimanche de juin, au début de l'après-midi” (13). It quickly becomes evident that this “scene,&#x...

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