Leclezien Hybridity: relations across genres, histories and cultures in selected works Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • van der Drift, Martha B.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
  • This dissertation explores the representation of hybridity in selected works of Nobel Laureate JMG Le Clézio. More particularly, I define hybridity as the intersection of literary and artistic generic diversity, fictional and historic discourses and heterogeneous world cultures. I propose to consider the generic diversity that characterizes the author's work as a means to mirror the cultural and historical heterogeneity of our world today. Until now, leclézien scholars have separately examined historiographical elements, representations of regional cultures and generic diversity within the boundaries of French literary theory. Indeed, these studies provide valuable stylistic, thematic and historical insights. However, by investigating these elements in concert and in the context of current discussions of hybridity in Francophone studies, my dissertation sheds a new light on the relationships between multiple genres, diverse fictive and historical discourses and geographical spaces that distinguish Le Clézio's works. In my first chapter, I discuss the key concepts of hybridity in Francophone literary and cultural studies while also considering the ongoing debate concerning a regional or transcultural approach to Le Clézio's works within the context of French and Francophone studies. Having established this methodological basis, in chapters two through four, I examine the intersections of genres, histories and cultures in two recent literary works, Révolutions (2003) and Coeur brûle et autres romances (2000) and the author's recent exhibit at the Louvre from November 2011-February 2012, Le Musée Monde. I contend that by privileging transversal encounters between genres, histories and cultures, Le Clézio incites an engaged reader, or viewer, response to construct new, Relational histories and identities, an affective response of Relation to embrace the Tout-monde as suggested by Martiniquais writer and philosopher, Edouard Glissant. Through my research, it is my intention to underline the socio-cultural value of Le Clézio's work in promoting intercultural understanding. What is more, my aim is to shine light on potential transversal methods for Francophone scholars who approach literary, performing and visual arts in our twenty-first century globalizing world
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  • Fisher, Dominique D.
  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2014

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