Une mémoire à toutes les sauces : Rien et autres souvenirs d’Anne Élaine Cliche
MEMORY IN ALL ITS DRESSINGS: RIEN ET AUTRES SOUVENIRS BY ANNE ÉLAINE CLICHE
PublisherUniverzita Karlova, Filozofická fakulta
SourceSvět literatury, 2020, Special Issue, 177-186
Quebec novel, Anne Élaine Cliche, linguistic memory, corporal memory, memory and narrative, fiction and reality
What is the source of memory? How is a memory constituted? Could memory conserve itself and be perpetuated? If yes, how? What is the role of language and the relationship between memory and writing? Anne Élaine Cliche’s novel, published in 1998, unfolds between Montreal, New York and Jerusalem and even if the core of the story is situated in contemporary times, the recall of the Jesuit Relations refers to missionary adventures of the seventeenth century. The analysis of the novel insists on its phenomenological and philosophical aspects, in Kundera’s manner. While the first part of the novel places emphasis on the constitution and the preservation of memory through body, voice and transposition into language, in the second part, the questioning of memory concerns its truthfulness and the interaction between memory constituted in narrative and reality, between an individual act and a collective memory.