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Fictionalising Trauma

The Aesthetics of Marguerite Duras’s India Cycle

Sirkka Knuuttila

With Marguerite Duras being the most disputed French artist after World War II, symbolising trauma represents the most problematic crux of contemporary trauma research. This book brings together these troublesome issues by way of integrating Duras’s aesthetics and the challenge of working through major historical trauma. Starting from the concept of an embodied mind as developed in current social neuroscience, the study illuminates the stylistic devices of the famous India Cycle that arose from Duras’s relentless struggle with the trauma of French colonialism. It reveals how converting trauma into fiction can become a powerful emotional strategy for surviving traumatic events, which may provoke necessary changes in our cultural memory through collective sharing.

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273 Bibliography Works by Marguerite Duras Novels, Prose, Drama Un barrage contre le Pacifique. Paris: Gallimard, 1950. Les petits chevaux de Tarquinia. Paris: Gallimard, 1953. Moderato Cantabile. Paris: Minuit, 1958. Dix heures et demie du soir en été. Paris: Gallimard, 1960. Le ravissement de Lol. V. Stein. Paris: Gallimard, 1964. Le Vice-consul. Paris: Gallimard, 1966. Détruire dit-elle. Paris: Les Éditions de Minuit, 1969. Abahn, Sabana, David. Paris: Gallimard, 1970. L´ amour. Paris: Gallimard, 1971. India Song. (Play). Paris: Gallimard, 1973. L’Eden Cinema (play). Paris: Mercure de France, 1977. Le Navire Night (short stories). Paris: Mercure de France, 1979. L’homme assis dans le couloir (1962). Revised version, Paris: Minuit, 1980. L’Été 80. Paris: Minuit, 1980. Outside, papiers d’un jour. Paris: P.O.L.,1984. L’amant. Paris: Les Éditions de Minuit, 1984. La douleur. Paris: Gallimard, 1985. La Vie matérielle. Conversation with Jérome Beaujour. Paris: P.O.L., 1987. Écrire. Paris: Gallimard, 1993. Les yeux verts. Paris: Éditions de l’Etoile / Cahiers du Cinéma, 1996. Cahiers de la guerre et autres textes. Édition établie par Sophie Bogaert et Olivier Corpet. Paris: P.O.L., éditeur / Imec éditeur, 2006. Film Scripts Hiroshima mon amour. Scénario et dialogue. Paris: Gallimard, 1960. Nathalie Granger suivie de: La Femme du Gange. Paris: Gallimard, 1973. India Song/Son nom de Venise dans Calcutta désert. Deux films un texte. Cinema 225 l´avant scène, 1er avril, 1979. 274 Films Détruire dit-elle, 1969. Jaune de Soleil, 1971. Nathalie Granger, 1972. La Femme du Gange, 1972. India...

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