Memory Across Borders
Nabokov, Perec, Chamoiseau

Sara-Louise Cooper

Transcript 6

Legenda

19 December 2016  •  174pp

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Historical memory emerges through dialogue between one generation and the next. But what happens to this dialogue if the children speak a different language to their parents? Literary autobiography offers a space to explore the potential forms of memory in the aftermath of inter-generational linguistic change triggered by violent histories, such as the Holocaust, the Second World War, or imperialism. Through an exploration of the autobiographies of the Russian-American writer, Vladimir Nabokov, the French novelist and poet, Georges Perec, and the Caribbean author, Patrick Chamoiseau, Cooper offers a reflection on the role of migration and linguistic change in shaping twentieth and twenty-first century approaches to memory.

Sara-Louise Cooper is a Stipendiary Lecturer in French at Oriel College, Oxford.

Reviews:

  • ‘Sara-Louise Cooper’s stimulating monograph convincingly approaches three writers whose lives and careers may at first seem disparate, and brings them together under the banner of border crossings, inter-generational memory, and its transmission.’ — unsigned notice, Forum for Modern Language Studies 54.2, April 2018, 265
  • ‘Cooper’s approach encompasses a range of critical discussions, yet her incisive close reading of each author remains central. The book will be useful to students and scholars of any of the three authors, and to those interested in the concept of mobility more widely. Cooper’s future contributions are much anticipated.’ — Fabienne Cheung, French Studies 72.3, July 2018, 475-76
  • ‘A meticulous and finely drawn study, highlighting the links in the three works between histories of self and wider histories, and the presence of multiple language and cultural affiliations in a single text... At the end of the work, the author makes a convincing plea not only for the richness to be found in comparative studies, but also for the recognition by French Studies of the constitutive force of movement and of different languages and places within and outside literature written in French.’ — Siobhan Brownlie, Modern Language Review 113.4, October 2018, 855-56 (full text online)
  • ‘This monograph, the sixth to appear in Legenda’s exciting new “Transcript” series, is an ambitious and searching work, which fully realises the imprint’s commitment to intercultural and trans-linguistic analysis... This is a beautifully written and elegantly produced monograph, in which stimulating and sensitive close readings are enriched by a deftly handled theoretical apparatus. It is also an important book that opens out onto discussion of much broader themes of urgent contemporary significance: national identity, migration, universalism, francophonie... A significant intervention for those working in memory studies, autobiography, comparative literature and transnational French Studies.’ — Maeve McCusker, H-France 18.201, October 2018

Contents:

i-vi
Memory Across Borders: Memory Across Borders
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vii-viii
Table of Contents
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ix-x
Acknowledgements
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xi-xi
A Note On Translation
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xii-xii
List of Abbreviations
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1-16
Introduction
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17-52
Chapter 1 the Portrayal of Home
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53-83
Chapter 2 Writing Between Languages
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84-113
Chapter 3 Traces of Trauma
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114-140
Chapter 4 Literary Thinking As Conscious Memory
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141-146
Conclusion
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147-158
Bibliography
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159-162
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Cooper, Sara-Louise, Memory Across Borders: Nabokov, Perec, Chamoiseau, Transcript, 6 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2016)

First footnote reference: 35 Sara-Louise Cooper, Memory Across Borders: Nabokov, Perec, Chamoiseau, Transcript, 6 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2016), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Cooper, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Cooper, Sara-Louise. 2016. Memory Across Borders: Nabokov, Perec, Chamoiseau, Transcript, 6 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Cooper 2016: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Cooper 2016: 21.

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