FRONTIÈRES ET DÉPLACEMENTS DANS LES ROMANS DE JENNIFER JOHNSTON

Abstract : The experiences of the inhabitants of Big Houses are often the starting-point of Jennifer Johnston's novels, but she paints them in a contrasted way, with an insight into this community's intimacy and weakened identity at the same time. Her protagonists struggle to re-build an " I " which has been isolated and broken by tragedies and deaths linked to the disappearance of Big Houses, to the rise of the Republic, or simply to social or religious divisions. In this struggle, artistic creation is put to the forefront, as well as different personal rituals (baths, drinks or writing a journal). The encounter with a confidant from the opposite community, however, always ends in rupture. Personal reconstruction echoes the building of a new Ireland, and insertions of songs or poems enable private voices to join up with common voices. The position of women becomes a constant source of inspiration for Johnston. Values emerging from Protestantism underlie a progressive vision of Irish society : autonomy of the subject, rejection of conformism and affirmation of individual talent. Jennifer Johnston's work offers unexpected displacements between social and personal rituals.
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Jeanne-Marie Carton-Charon. FRONTIÈRES ET DÉPLACEMENTS DANS LES ROMANS DE JENNIFER JOHNSTON. Littératures. Université Paris 3 - La Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2005. Français. ⟨tel-02133564⟩

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