Contemporary French fictions of suicide : a medical humanities approach
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This paper compares Catherine Cusset’s L’autre qu’on adorait (2016) and Régis Jauffret’s Lacrimosa (2008), as examples of 21st-century novels in which suicide is the central focus. Recent texts tend to move away from earlier portrayals of suicide as a philosophical or aesthetic gesture towards a deeper engagement with the causes and consequences of suicide. Placing these highly literary autofictions within a wider context of cultural interest in suicide extending to popular genres, I suggest that their formal complexity allows them to engage critically with stereotypes, and represent the unknowability of the suicidal mind. I also argue that literary representation of mental illness should be seen as part of a broader public discourse that influences social attitudes.
Jones , K 2021 , ' Contemporary French fictions of suicide : a medical humanities approach ' , Essays in French Literature and Culture , vol. 58 , pp. 173-190 . https://doi.org/10.3316/informit.318170949641341
Essays in French Literature and Culture
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