Récit de filiation roundtable with Martine Sonnet (NeMLA- Washington D.C.)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA 2019 - March 21-24, 2019, Washington, D. C.

In this Author-meets-Reader roundtable, Martine Sonnet will discuss her work alongside 3-4 scholars working on French-language filiation narratives. Filiation narratives reflect an effort to recover aspects of one’s family history which were not transmitted to the author. The quest for information, garnered through various possible sources, is then incorporated into the narrative. We invite scholars working either on a filiation narrative subgenre or on Sonnet’s work in particular. Papers may be delivered in French or English.

The récit de filiation ouvrière, of which Sonnet’s work is an example, represents one subgenre among others. One feature of this work is its straddling of multiple disciplines. As Dominique Viart has written, “La nature hybride de ce livre, dont les chapitres de souvenirs et d’enquête alternent, emblématise parfaitement la porosité à laquelle littérature et sociologie sont parvenues en l’espace de deux décennies” (“Écrire le travail” in Écrire le présent. Paris: Armand Colin, 2013). Sonnet herself writes, “Le texte procède donc d’une friction entre plusieurs champs d’écritures et de recherches” (“Atelier 62: un récit littéraire du travail en friction avec les sciences sociales.” Intercâmbio, 2ª série, vol. 5, 2012, pp. 204-219). To what extent is a certain hybridity, or blending of disciplines, characteristic of the filiation narrative?

Le récit de filiation ouvrière is but one identifiable subgenre. Others include the récit de filiation d’immigration, for example. What are other filiation narrative subgenres and how do they differ? Are the differences merely topical or do they extend to the structural or rhetorical, for example? What broader socio-economic or socio-political implications might the telling of economic or migratory challenges engender?

Please visit the NeMLA site to submit an abstract.

https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17242