Delphine de Vigan, Rien ne s'oppose à la nuit (2011)
Read part 1 of the novel (i.e. up to p. 167).
Seminar discussion topics:
- Vision of motherhood and mother-child relations
- Meta-narrative: how to write this story?
- Memory and tricks of the mind
- Difficulties of relating to the past
- Mind/body: physical symptoms of mental distress
- Appearance vs interior world
- Role of the gaze
- Money, Class and status
- Individual vs family identity
Seminar discussion topics
- Inter penetration of personal memories and cultural history
- The material and the ineffable in memory
- Prolepsis and determination (or: history and retrospection)
- Perspective, or How events are lived differently by different people
- Self-esteem: its nature and pathologies
- Suicide Structure of revelations (detective work)
- On the nature and causes of mental illness
Second reading on Delphine de Vigan
Dusaillant-Fernandes, Valérie, ‘Au fil du temps, les masques tombent: Mémoire familiale et vérité chez Delphine de Vigan’, French Forum 40.2-3 (2015): 111-125.
Kathryn Robson, ‘The Limits of Empathy and Compassion in Delphine de Vigan’s No et moi and Les Heures souterraines’, Modern Language Review 110.3 (2015): 677-693, 925.
There are a number of interviews with and discussions around de Vigan on France Culture. See here.