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Soi-disant: Writing, Screening, Theorizing the Self in French

de Nooy, Juliana, Hardwick, Joseph B., & Hanna, Barbara E. (2004) Soi-disant: Writing, Screening, Theorizing the Self in French. Australian Journal of French Studies, XLI(3), pp. 1-9.

Abstract

This paper explores the construction of identity, particularly with reference to texts (literary, philosophic, popular and cinematic) in French, as an introduction to a volume of papers on the topic. We demonstrate that the papers presented in that collection will show the effects on the reading of the self both of inertia and of deliberate modification with respect to convention. In publishing them as a collection, we make no claims to be unveiling a theoretization of the self, c. 2003, which would rise from the ashes of its predecessors. Rather, and despite the recurrence of certain patterns and concerns, we present a corpus that nuances the story of the fragmentation of the coherent self. What emerges from the juxtaposition of these texts is the importance of genre in determining the version of identity presented. That is to say, the instance of the subject, whether the “je‿ of the text or the focus of narrative identification, is largely determined by generic conventions for writing/producing the self and for formulating identity.

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ID Code: 605
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: self, subjectivity, Derrida, French, genre
ISSN: 0004-9468
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > Literature in French (200511)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LANGUAGE STUDIES (200300) > French Language (200306)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > OTHER LANGUAGE COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (209900)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Monash University
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 18 May 2005
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:07

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