ÊTRE ET AGIR DANS LA LITTÉRATURE DE SPIRITUALITÉ CHRÉTIENNE DE LANGUE FRANÇAISE

Posted On Oct 15 2018 by

This article proposes the discursive analysis of the lexical and semantic scope of a few words which designate, in a corpus of narratives of Orthodox Christian spirituality both written in and translated into French, the spiritual fathers of great renown, whose exceptional being is presented as a model to follow for the readers who wish to lead a genuinely Christian life. We shall explore the discursive mode in which this being is narratively built by the setting of all the facts and gestures that represent their acting of monks, generally designated by the “generic” phrase labeurs ascétiques. Our corpus consists …


HISTORY, MEMORY AND THEIR NARRATIVE ENACTMENT IN BELOVED

Posted On Oct 18 2011 by

It is an obvious fact that in all her work Toni Morrison makes use of narrative tools in order to investigate and explore theoretical issues (social, philosophical, or otherwise) characteristic of the late twentieth century. This does not mean that theories, their usefulness, limits or narrative structuring are the only points of interest; Morrison’s textual endeavours are as much experimental as they are real pieces of narrative research in the esthetics of the novel. Any analysis of Beloved should render an image of this type of fiction concerned with a multifaceted yet unified narrative structure, an exercise in interrogating the …


CONRAD AND (POST)COLONIAL THEORY

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

Criticizing colonialism and its main structures can be regarded as a kind of marginal activity when compared to mainstream issues of literary theory and cultural discourse because of the limited number of people with a particular interest in the geographical peripheries of metropolitan European culture. Yet, the long-term strategy of postcolonial thinking is to produce a revolutionary restructuring of European understanding of history. Opposing the critique of colonialism to European culture can prove to be unproductive but looking at the extent to which they are already deeply implicated within each other could turn out to be a really rewarding enterprise. …


THE INTRIGUING ICONIC SIGN

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The narrator in a text is the organizing other. Interpreting the narrator is therefore articulating an aspect of one’s identity. If an interpreter perceives a textual situation as non-mediated by a narrator, she perceives the situation as either objectively there, or as entirely a construct of her subjectivity, the modernistic split. In this paper, an argument is developed that the dominant narrative structures in our world of moving pictures show a strong iconic dominancy. This dominancy seduces the interpreter to neglect the indexical and symbolic in her interpretation, that is to neglect the relation with her experience and socialization, which …


THE INTRIGUING ICONIC SIGN

Posted On Oct 14 2011 by

The narrator in a text is the organizing other. Interpreting the narrator is therefore articulating an aspect of one’s identity. If an interpreter perceives a textual situation as non-mediated by a narrator, she perceives the situation as either objectively there, or as entirely a construct of her subjectivity, the modernistic split. In this paper, an argument is developed that the dominant narrative structures in our world of moving pictures show a strong iconic dominancy. This dominancy seduces the interpreter to neglect the indexical and symbolic in her interpretation, that is to neglect the relation with her experience and socialization, which …