From the Magico-Mythical to Reality-Congruence: Models and Anti-models in Pierre Bergounioux's La Mort de Brune

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Abstract

This article analyzes Pierre Bergounioux’s La Mort de Brune and argues that its structure and treatment of secondary characters offer strong evidence of debt to two ostensibly very different sources: the Arthurian quest narrative and traditional early learning materials. Drawing on Norbert Elias’s social theory, the article seeks to show that Bergounioux exploits these textual and visual sources in order to chart the shifting balance in the child-protagonist’s thinking between magico-mythical views of his world and a rational perspective on it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-225
JournalCritique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction
Volume55
Issue number2
Early online date23 Jan 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Bergounioux
  • La Mort de Brune
  • Magical Thinking
  • Involvement and Detachment
  • Norbert Elias

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