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Paul et Virginie (1789) ou la fatale irruption de l’écrit

Abstract : The novel by Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Paul et Virginie (1999 [1788]), can be read as the story of a tragic confrontation between two universes: the world of happy and primary oralities; the world of distant, repressive or depressive writings. Thus, the narrative can be read as a testing of two contradictory cosmologies and as a symptom of a crisis in European consciousness. The text denounces in its own way, this loss of the magic quality of the world —all the characters die…— and gives expression to a form of poetic utopia in which the echo, for example —actually a graphic echo of orality— would be part of a fabulous opera of the imagination.
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Jean-Marie Privat. Paul et Virginie (1789) ou la fatale irruption de l’écrit. Pratiques : linguistique, littérature, didactique, 2019, oralité, littératie, 183-184, pp.[En ligne]. ⟨10.4000/pratiques.7342⟩. ⟨hal-03175525⟩



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