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Lieux de vie, lieux de sens

Le couple lieu / identité dans le roman belge contemporain- Rolin-Harpman-Feyder-Lalande-Lamarche-Deltenre

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Judyta Zbierska-Moscicka

Perçue comme un « entre-deux » ou un « carrefour », la Belgique se définit volontiers en termes spatiaux. L’idée d’enracinement lui est chère au même degré que celle d’errance. La littérature thématise cette oscillation entre le dedans et le dehors en recourant à une imagerie complexe, tributaire de la sensibilité de chaque auteur, ainsi que des circonstances historiques et sociales qui le concernent. La période examinée (1960-2012), correspond, dans les représentations romanesques, à un démantèlement progressif de l’objet « maison », processus qui fait écho à des mutations profondes relatives aux phénomènes sociaux liés à l’évolution du sentiment identitaire. L’analyse thématique renouvelée par les apports de la sociologie de l’individu fournit un éclairage nouveau sur les œuvres étudiées.
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Belgium, which is perceived as an « intersection » or as a country « between » (entre-deux), tends to define itself in the spatial categories. The hybrid character of the Belgian identity – national, cultural or that which is felt at an individual level – is an effect of the Latin and Germanic influence clash. Thus the attitude towards the space or the place of living or of origin appears to be especially complex. From one side it is described as a place of rooting and of original identity, from the other side it is temporal, undefined, unfinished.

These two points of view correspond to the two key ideas, present in the customary, two-way description of the esthetic phenomenon in the Belgian literature, which divides it into centrifugal and centripetal phenomena. First of them, is focused at expressing originality and the character of Belgium relates to the idea of rooting and in the field of literary presentation portray Belgium as a space named, recognizable and culturally defined. The second, which is charactersized by openness to the external influence and values, in the literature appears as a picture of undefined space, no Belgian and often temporary. Looking at this concept as a specific presentation, we are dealing with a picture of a family house or a hotel room as well as ceaseless migration.

The period of 1960 to 2012 which is analysed in this work is a particular time. The political, social and esthetic changes taking place in Belgium (federalisation, belgitude)...

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