Duality, Double-Entendre, and Double-Meanings in Marie Nimier's Œuvre

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
2019 Midwest Modern Language Association (Conference Theme "Doubles, Duality, Doppelgangers" Chicago, IL November 14-17, 2019)
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Duality, Double-Entendre, and Double-Meanings in Marie Nimier's Œuvre   
Marie Nimier's literary œuvre is multi-faceted and expressed in various forms through fiction, children's literature, theatre, and song lyrics. Her work has received considerable critical recognition; notably, La Reine du silence received the prestigious prix Médicis in 2004. Yet, much is left to be explored, in particular the themes of duality, double-entendre and double-meanings are intrinsic to Marie Nimier’s work, in particular her fiction/auto fiction. The reoccurring themes of gender, sexuality, childhood, the body, the father figure, the figure of the author, and narrative voices are all intertwined with that of duality, double-entendre and double-meanings. Some of this duality is flagrant, much to the image of the innumerable play on words and double-meanings throughout Marie Nimier’s corpus. At the core of it all lies no doubt the omnipresent theme of the father figure in Marie Nimier’s corpus, a theme which stems precisely from duality, that of the author’s patronym itself, opposing Roger Nimier, the father-author, to Marie Nimier, the daughter-author. The double injunction imposed to Marie Nimier from her father “que dit la Reine du silence?” serves as a drive behind her fiction. This section welcomes essays exploring Marie Nimier’s works, in particular welcoming insight on the theme of duality through a transtextual lens. Proposals of approximately 200 words should be submitted by the deadline of April 15th.

 
Organizer : Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier

dela2199@pacificu.edu

2019 MMLA Conference Theme

"Doubles, Duality, Doppelgangers"

Chicago, IL

November 14-17, 2019