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Erasure and Reinscription: Representing Trauma in Amélie Nothomb

Erasure and Reinscription: Representing Trauma in Amélie Nothomb Erasure and Reinscription Representing Trauma in Amélie Nothomb MARK D. LEE For those less familiar with contemporary French literature, let me briefl y introduce the author whose works this article will discuss. Amélie Nothomb is a proli c, popular a fi uthor of Belgian origin who since 1992 has been publishing a book each year, along with a number of short stories. Th e child of diplomats, Nothomb was raised abroad as her family changed countries every three to fi ve years. While her literary production is prin- cipally fi ction, her greatest successes have come with autobiographical works, many of which deal in part or in whole with her peripatetic up- bringing and her young adulthood, especially in Japan. Th is author’s me- dia presence in Belgium and especially in France abett ed the commercial success of her writing. To some degree, however, this popularity has also acted as an impediment to critical appreciation among institutional schol- ars in Francophone Europe. Th is article will look at the writing of two traumatic text- events in Nothomb’s works. First, I will examine how Nothomb takes in, trans- forms, and apparently bears witness to the jarring memory of a preceding http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies University of Nebraska Press

Erasure and Reinscription: Representing Trauma in Amélie Nothomb

Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies , Volume 5 (2) – Jun 12, 2018

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Abstract

Erasure and Reinscription Representing Trauma in Amélie Nothomb MARK D. LEE For those less familiar with contemporary French literature, let me briefl y introduce the author whose works this article will discuss. Amélie Nothomb is a proli c, popular a fi uthor of Belgian origin who since 1992 has been publishing a book each year, along with a number of short stories. Th e child of diplomats, Nothomb was raised abroad as her family changed countries every three to fi ve years. While her literary production is prin- cipally fi ction, her greatest successes have come with autobiographical works, many of which deal in part or in whole with her peripatetic up- bringing and her young adulthood, especially in Japan. Th is author’s me- dia presence in Belgium and especially in France abett ed the commercial success of her writing. To some degree, however, this popularity has also acted as an impediment to critical appreciation among institutional schol- ars in Francophone Europe. Th is article will look at the writing of two traumatic text- events in Nothomb’s works. First, I will examine how Nothomb takes in, trans- forms, and apparently bears witness to the jarring memory of a preceding

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Journal of Literature and Trauma StudiesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Jun 12, 2018

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