The main objective of this academic course is the detailed study of the French autobiographical novel characteristics during the latest 20th century. Thanks to the study of certain contemporary autobiographical novels, students are trained to develop critical abilities for better comprehension of novels of this category.
Course Content (Syllabus)
This academic course concerns mainly the academic novel of the latest 20th century. The syllabus contains a brief presentation of the evolution and characteristics of traditional autobiography, as well as certain issues about literary themes and style. The main objective of the course is to examine some characteristics of modern autobiography, such as “autofiction” and “autoreflexion”. For this purpose, the course is based upon various comparative studies, but focuses in particular on Alain Robbe-Grillet’s autobiographical Trilogy entitled “ Les Romanesques” and Marguerite Duras’s novel, "The Lover" .
Modern Autobiography, autofiction, "Nouveau Roman"Alain Robbe-Grillet, Marguerite Duras
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Elisabeth Mamakouka,« ‘Ιnstantanés’ et jeux de miroirs. Les enjeux narratifs d’une autobiographie insolite : Les Romanesques d’Alain Robbe-Grillet », Thessalonique,
University Studio Press, 2010.
Additional bibliography for study
J. Philippe Miraux, L’autobiographie, Nathan 128, 1996
B. Didier, Le Journal intime, PUF, 1976.
J. et E. Lecarme, L’Autobiographie, Armand Colin, 1999.
P. Lejeune, Le Pacte autobiographique, Seuil, 1975.
J. Rousset, Narcisse romancier, Corti, 1986.
A. Buisine, « Le biographique », Revue de sciences humaines, n° 224, 1991;
D. Madelénat, La Biographie, PUF, 1984;
Maurois, Aspects de la biographie, Grasset, 1930;
P. Murray Kendall, L’Art de la biographie, George Allen and Linwim, 1965.