Le Grand Retour ou les Grands Adieux ? Le roman de l’exil chez Kundera

Fournier Kiss, Corinne (2016). Le Grand Retour ou les Grands Adieux ? Le roman de l’exil chez Kundera. (Re)penser l’exil (on line), n. 6

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Milan Kundera, an intellectual born in Moravia who emigrated to France in 1975, in L’Ignorance leans on the myth of Ulysses to question contemporary realities of exile and return, nostalgia and oblivion. Does the hope of returning to the place of origin really haunt the modern émigré? To what extent does the notion of homeland still have meaning for him? And what happens when the émigré, unlike Ulysses the great nostalgic, prefers to stay with Calypso his lover rather than return to his native land and faithful wife Penelope? With some cynicism, Kundera in L’Ignorance offers scenarios of exile which desecrate and destabilize historically and culturally available standards while allowing us to reflect on new paradigmatic figures of contemporary exile.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of French Language and Literature

UniBE Contributor:

Fournier Kiss, Corinne


800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 840 French & related literatures
400 Language > 440 French & related languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 880 Classical & modern Greek literatures




Corinne Ingrid Fournier Kiss

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27 May 2015 07:55

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05 Dec 2022 14:47

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