Skip to main content

From the individual to the universal: Ying Chen’s Un enfant à ma porte

Buy Article:

$18.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

The question of the universal, figuring in the majority of Ying Chen’s texts due to the lack of spatial and temporal reference points, develops into a major theme in Un enfant à ma porte (2009). A foundling, adopted by the narrator and her husband, causes the former to become strongly attached to the present and to contemplate the future in depth, rather than to remain preoccupied with the memories of her previous reincarnations. The text proves to be much more than a simple ‘récit de filiation’, as some critics have understood it, since it not only presents the individual and unusual circumstances of an unconventionally formed family, but it also raises concerns affecting the whole of humanity in the twenty-first century. In this way, it acts as a social manifesto, both advocating the re-evaluation of the role of mothers and warning against the possible demise of our species
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: Francophone-Chinese; Ying Chen; migrant writing

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Queens University Belfast

Publication date: 2012-08-13

More about this publication?
  • The International Journal of Francophone Studies offers a critical preview for a new development in the understanding of 'France outside France', with a thorough insight into the network of disciplinary issues affiliated with this study. The journal complements the thriving area of scholarly interest in the French-speaking regions of the world, bringing a location of linguistic, cultural, historical and social dynamics within a single academic arena.
  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Intellect Books page
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more