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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Bota, Carla
Author's Email Address cbota1@lsu.edu
URN etd-05252005-170310
Title Marie Darrieussecq et ses Truismes
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department French Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bernard Cerquiglini Committee Chair
Alexandre Leupin Committee Member
Kate Jensen Committee Member
  • truismes
  • marie darrieussecq
  • metamorphosis
Date of Defense 2005-05-12
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this thesis is to analyze the relationship between language and themes in Marie Darrieussecq's novel Truismes. Having as its core the theme of metamorphosis, Truismes tells the story of a young woman who after passing through a multitude of experiences transforms into a pig. The character's journey through the metamorphosis is marked by excesses. The excess manifests itself at all levels: in the physical and mental transformation of the female character, in the description of the secondary characters, in the composition of the environment that sustains the narration, and ultimately in the language. By using Julia Kristeva's theory of the abject, while conducting a careful analysis of the language and narrative style of the author, this thesis illuminates the relationship between the main character's use of language and the development of themes in the novel. Thus, Marie Darrieussecq's Truismes is shown to be a work concerned with the notion of "speaking the unspeakable." The thesis analyses not only the position of women in a predominantly masculine society, but also the political and economical relations that govern the activities described. Ultimately, this interpretation of Truismes discusses the notion of what it means to be living outside the social norm and, therefore in close relation to nature.
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