L'espace de l'initiation dans "Le Médianoche amoureux" de Michel Tournier

Abstract : "Le Médianoche amoureux" is a collection of short stories and tales narrated during a night meal by Yves and Nadege, a married couple willing ton announce to their guests that they intended to separate. At the end of the night, after listening to their own tales, the two lovers have experienced a true initiation and cancel their plan. Those who are familiar with Michel Tournier's imaginary world have here another example of this theme in his work, though this initiation is here considered in its etymological and most profound sense. Space in Michel Tournier's work assumes a highly symbolical dimension and the text itself appears as a space designed for initiation. This dual concept of space can be examined in the light of recent research by psychologists and sociologists. The second part of the short stories and tales reports about initiations at the age of puberty and initiations to the world of knowledge and the sacred, set in a topologically and symbolical space. Yves' and Nadege's experience in "Les amants taciturnes" refers to these two types of initiation and is enriched in a space which has both topological and literary dimension. The midnight meal at sea is an opportunity for all guests to partake in the eating and the listening. Their guests offer various objects to the couple for them to reconstruct a space for communication that takes roots in the congenial space of the meal, the literary space of tales, and the topological space of the sea
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Nicole Lazzarini. L'espace de l'initiation dans "Le Médianoche amoureux" de Michel Tournier. Littératures. Université Paul Verlaine - Metz, 1990. Français. ⟨NNT : 1990METZ007L⟩. ⟨tel-01775841⟩

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