Fra Simone de Beauvoir til Annie Ernaux: Aldring i fransk litteratur
I den franske litteraturen, særlig blant kvinnelige forfattere, har det oppstått en ny interesse for aldringstematikk. I oktober kommer Professor Martine Boyer-Weinmann (Université Lumière-Lyon-II) til UiB og Litteraturhuset i Bergen for å forelese om aldring i et kvinnelig perspektiv.
Abstract for forelesningen 30. oktober:
From Simone de Beauvoir's Old Age (1970) to Annie Ernaux's The Years (2008):
Some French literary milestones in the history of ageing
From Simone de Beauvoir's la Vieillesse (Old Age, 1970) to Annie Ernaux's Les Années (The Years, 2008), French literature, and especially women's writings have aroused a new interest in the topic of ageing in our modern societies.
Simone de Beauvoir is the first real milestone of this new XXth century perspective (in another context than George Sand or Colette, before her). Her vision is more political and more ethical than her predecessors. Her wrath against the mishandling and disrespect of elderly people is also inspired by her experience of her mother's last weeks in a French hospital, related in the powerful testimony, Une mort très douce. As a feminist icon, Simone de Beauvoir managed the combination of leadership in old age studies and leadership in women's commitment. Her heritage inspired important autobiographical and novelistic writings about growing old in France. The whole work of French writer Annie Ernaux (born in 1940), who was a young baby boomer when Beauvoir wrote her essay, pays its debt to her role model: from A Woman (the portrait of her mother growing old with Alzheimer’s disease, as in Je ne suis pas sortie de ma nuit), to her self-portrait as a mature and then senescent woman in The Years. In this book, love, passion, social relations, work and retirement, but also everyday objects and songs are examined in a long historical perspective (1950-2000): Do we age in the same way as our parents or grand-parents ? How do we keep in touch with the younger generations? How can literature, photography, popular songs, serve humor, but also nostalgia, the archiving of the self and the duty of transmission?