Spring 2024 History: Literature GR5117 section 001

Annie Ernaux: Writing as a Knife

Ernaux: Writing as a Knif

Call Number 18772
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Thomas Dodman
Type SEMINAR
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

This course offers a deep dive into French contemporary novelist Annie Ernaux’s auto-sociobiographical fiction. It does so through close readings of some of her major works, organized
thematically and across Ernaux’s oeuvre. Close readings of texts will be paired with recent film/theatre adaptations, sociological and theoretical work that has inspired Ernaux, her work’s
growing critical reception (amplified by her Nobel prize last year), as well as other writers that have been inspired by hers. Themes covered include: writing impersonally in the first person;
what is auto-socio-biography; exploring women’s desire and sexuality; Ernaux’s feminism and other kinds of militancy; ethnographies of contemporary France and the baby-boomer
generation. Throughout, we will consider what kind of genre Ernaux’s writing is, and what writing as a knife can do.

Web Site Vergil
Department French
Enrollment 11 students (11 max) as of 3:07PM Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Status Full
Subject History: Literature
Number GR5117
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Note This course will take place at Reid Hall, Paris (France)
Section key 20241HILI5117H001