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Simone de Beauvoir, Annie Ernaux : l'autobiographe ou la nostalgie de l'avenir

Abstract : Simone de Beauvoir, Annie Ernaux, two writers, totally fashionable in their times, involved, and who very early entertained the idea that they would write.But also writers of autobiographies, namely a genre which seems predisposed for nostalgia : autobiographers look back in the rear-view mirror, always try to relive the past and also regret this lost past.It is nevertheless hard to read these two authors from the angle of regret, yet melancholic and nostalgic accents raise from their writing.Should there be any nostalgia, it is to be found in another time dimension, that of the future.These two authors are very sensitive to how future the present we live can be, to our remembered past ; and they re-read their past by / when envisaging themselves in the future. But the future is also the one of the autobiographer who writes, and this one « shrinks » as times goes by.Thus, the autobiographer certainly questions what she used to be but also what she wanted to become and she measures it in the light of the future she still has to live.If the major tone of their autobiography is not about regretting, nostalgia appears when circumstances win over their ability to see themselves in the future.Then, it becomes inextricably urgent to write, because writing keeps life ahead of oneself.
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Anne Strasser. Simone de Beauvoir, Annie Ernaux : l'autobiographe ou la nostalgie de l'avenir. Patrizia Gasparini; Estelle Zunino. Nostalgie : conceptualisation d'une émotion, Presses universitaires de Nancy - Éditions universitaires de Lorraine, 2021, 978-2-8143-0600-4. ⟨hal-02982188⟩



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