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195:262: Life Writing in France

Social networks have naturalized a practice—talking about oneself—that in fact has a complex history, filled with moral and philosophical debates: should one do it? And, more recently, can one do it? The course will examine how major writers (Georges Perec, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Annie Ernaux), as well as best-selling contemporary authors (Delphine de Vigan, Edouard Louis) have dealt with these issues, and succeeded in renewing a genre once considered either impossible or dead