Un avatar de la conversion. Les enjeux du discours identitaire dans Les Inventés de Jean-Pierre Girard

Abstract : This thesis analyses the pattern of the secular conversion in the Jean-Pierre Girard?s novel Les Inventés (1999), novel which shows both the Quebec contemporary creativity in literature and, in its own way, a generation confronted to an identity crisis. Dedicated to the conceptual apparatus, the first part justifies the use of the tools that the thesis borrows to the literary semiotic. Moreover this part aims at highlighting the main characteristics of the conversion throughout its different means of expression in a narrative context, on the basis of St-Paul and St-Augustin?s models. The second part, which studies the cognitive dimension, analyses the novel itself and starts with a discussion about the notion of quest. This part develops the hypothesis of two concepts : the escape and the spiritual waiting. Those are essential for the evolution of the subject when he needs to survive or to open his mind to otherness. This second part leads to the study of the « external principles », secondary or decisive, that is to say figures whose role is more or less determining in the process of conversion, depending on the case. The third part is devoted to the study of the « passional dimension » of François? journey, starting with his painful past, emphasized by a spread of pathemes, especially the hatred, resent and rage. Then the relations between wrath and hope will be specified. Finally, the study of the pre-conversion and the character?s conversion enables to highlight the passion of generosity and its different ethical implications, as well as the nature of a renewed subject.
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Christianne Clough. Un avatar de la conversion. Les enjeux du discours identitaire dans Les Inventés de Jean-Pierre Girard. Littératures. Université Paul Verlaine - Metz, 2010. Français. ⟨NNT : 2010METZ011L⟩. ⟨tel-01752792⟩

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