Life, Literature and Fictional Memories in Perec’s Narratives Cover Image

Fiction de la mémoire et création de la vie chez Georges Perec
Life, Literature and Fictional Memories in Perec’s Narratives

Author(s): Rodrigo Ielpo
Subject(s): French Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Marii Curie-Sklodowskiej
Keywords: Perec; memory; fiction; disappearance; ashes; melancholia

Summary/Abstract: In 1975, Georges Perec published W ou le souvenir d’enfance, a work that is both fictional and autobiographical, and in which there are two different systems of enunciation side by side, thus opposing the distinction drawn by Gérard Genette between fiction and diction. In his book, Perec shows this undecidability between the imperative of narrating that which he hasn’t lived and the complete impossibility of such narrative. By developing a narration strategy based on a certain use of fiction, Perec tries to face his lack of memories. This paper aims at analyzing how these two systems operate in order to create a double space where author and narrator get mixed up, creating a game in which the subject can only exist at the risk of his complete dissolution.

  • Issue Year: 40/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 166-180
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: French