Guilt and shame : essays in French literature, thought and by Jenny Chamarette, Jenny Higgins

By Jenny Chamarette, Jenny Higgins

As theoretical positions and as affective reports, the dual currents of contrition - guilt and disgrace - permeate literary discourse and determine prominently in discussions of ethics, historical past, sexuality and social hierarchy. This selection of essays, on French and francophone prose, poetry, drama, visible paintings, cinema and inspiration, assesses guilt and disgrace when it comes to constructions of social morality, language and self-expression, the taking into account trauma, and the ethics of forgiveness. The authors technique their topics through shut readings and comparative examine, drawing on such thinkers as Adorno, Derrida, Jankélévitch and Irigaray. via those they think about works starting from the medieval Roman de los angeles rose via to Gustave Moreau’s Symbolist portray, Giacometti’s sculpture, the movies of Marina de Van and up to date sub-Saharan African writing. the gathering offers an état-présent of pondering on guilt and disgrace in French experiences, and is the 1st to gather paintings in this subject starting from the 13th to the twenty-first century. The publication includes 9 contributions in English and 4 in French

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Et juerront sor sains que de riens n’en mentiront ou a l’aler ou au venir’ (W, 1319). ‘Si en i ot de teus qui i conterent plus lor honte que leur honour’ 45 Le récit de cette défaite, annonçant le retour du chevalier victorieux, anticipe son compte rendu et garantit son authenticité. Comme la substance de ce discours a déjà été donnée par la narration, et sera de nouveau mentionnée lors du retour du chevalier vainqueur, cela implique un phénomène de reprise et de répétition caractéristique de l’écriture des aventures arthuriennes (selon un dispositif qui prend le relais des comptes rendus de Merlin à Blaise).

L’inverse, la transformation d’Enadain et le recouvrement de son apparence lui restaurent l’assurance et la joie fondées sur l’intégrité de l’être et la pleine jouissance de ses facultés. La salutation de Gauvain à Bianne et Enadain dans la forêt, ‘dist a la damoisele que Dix li donnast joie et a li et a sa compaignie’, prend une dimension performative, car en permettant la transformation d’Enadain, elle restaure la joie du couple. Et puis s’en vont joiant et liés, li uns delés l’autre par grant soulas, si en mercient Nostre Signour del honour que lor a faite et aourent joie et bone aventure a mon signour Gavain qui lor dist que joie lor donast Dix.

Le conte du Graal, ed. F. Lecoy (Paris: Champion, 1975), II, vv. 7089–95. Le traitement de la mésaventure honteuse est plus nettement comique dans le Conte du Graal tandis que le débat intérieur de Gauvain développé dans la Suite Vulgate témoigne d’une exploration psychologique plus fouillée. 38 Irène Fabry III La honte et le mépris: le chevalier nain, un personnage inattendu et contradictoire Le regard des autres et le rire d’autrui La dégradation burlesque du chevalier en nain ou la coexistence de ces deux qualités a un caractère comique, divertissant.

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