Notions of origin in Didier Van Cauwelaert's Un Aller simple: a child-narrator's political storytelling

Author: Musselman, Kristin Swenson

Source: International Journal of Francophone Studies, Volume 5, Number 3, 1 November 2003 , pp. 137-146(10)

Publisher: Intellect

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Abstract:

In Un Aller simple (1994), Didier Van Cauwelaert uses irony and storytelling to create a mirror image of political fictions about race, culture, and especially origin through the novel's child-narrator, Aziz. The novel theorizes a postmodern, post-ethnic remedy to the negative implications of identity politics through a complicated questioning of cultural narrative, and an analysis of the ways in which stories of origin reflect equations of power, especially with reference to the anti-immigration 1993 Pasqua Laws in France. Un Aller simple can be read as a paradigm of the use of narrative power in the political arena and, at the same time, resistance to that power through storytelling and flexible interpretation. Un Aller simple makes a clear case for a re-evaluation of storytelling through an ironic redistribution of the political consequences of perceived narrative authority in the politics of culture.
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