"Voyage littéraire par-delà les frontières : analyse de l'écriture nomade dans l'oeuvre de Linda Lê" by Veronica Ntoumos - de Remy
Toby Garfitt's Francophone seminar at Magdalen College is hosting a lecture on " Voyage littéraire par-delà les frontières : analyse de l'écriture nomade dans l'oeuvre de Linda Lê" by Veronica Ntoumos- de Remy (Phd student at Sorbonne University and ULB). Taking stock of the fact that contemporary French literature explicitly encompasses literatures hitherto regarded as peripheral or marginal, Veronica Ntoumos - de Remy will discuss on one of these minority traditions : Francophone Vietnamese Literature and more especially Linda's books. By studying a marginal literary corpus, this lecture will raise questions about the normative status and the legitimacy of French literature.
As she focuses on the experience of exile, Linda Lê (Franco-Vietnamese writer) is particularly concerned with the diversity of social and political reality in societies where various communities coexist. Her texts examine the ways in which human groups connect with one another. Such societies no longer pursue the fantasy of achieving unity around unquestioned common values. Characters in her novels may therefore consider inhabiting a range of possible worlds. How do they experience this plural experience in their bodies or in their minds? Under which modality and which conditions of possibility does this experience appear to the reader through the vehicle of fiction? In order to answer to these questions Veronica Ntoumos –de Remy will analyse Lê’s novels trhough the Stuart Hall’perspective on alienate identities and through the Robert Park’s work on immigration.