By Welch, Edward; Barnet, Marie-Claire
'Famille, je vous ai (encore et toujours a l'esprit?), je vous aime un peu, beaucoup, ou je vous hais enormement?' What are households like in modern France? And what starts off to emerge after we contemplate them from the perspective of modern theoretical views: (faulty) harmony, (fake) coherence, (carefully deliberate or subversive) deconstruction, loss (of love, self assurance or credibility), or, even (utter) chaos and (alarming) confusion? Which media revamp outdated stereotypes, generate replacement reinterpretations, and suggest extra ambiguous solutions? What photos, scenes or frames stand out in modern representations of the relatives? Uneasy contradictions and ambiguities emerge during this bilingual choice of ways and style reviews. The family members plot turns out to thicken as family members ties seem to loosen. Has 'the kin' been misplaced from sight, or is it being reinvented in our collective imaginary? This publication proposes a brand new sequence of views and questions about an previous and 'familiar' subject, exploring the kingdom and standing of the relatives in modern literature, tradition, severe and psychoanalytic concept and sociology
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En famille pivots on a chapter, improbably set in a rowing boat on a lake (the chapter contains numerous parodic allusions to the conventional spaces, modes of address, and familial preoccupations of nineteenth-century fiction) where Tante Colette voices the family’s grievances at Fanny’s meddling, and informs her that she is to be ostracised. Basically, she lets Fanny know, the family are happy with her as long as she acknowledges her difference from them; but the more she claims to be one of them, the more they will reject her.
47-50). 46 Shirley-Ann Jordan sa naissance, dans ce temps qui existe et n’existe pas. Voir tomber la falaise: tu aurais vu la tête d’Anne, la tête de Jeanne, les yeux ronds de maman. You should have seen it. You should have heard it, tu aurais dû entendre ce silence […] il paraît que tout se fige, comme avant un cyclone […] puis le temps reprend, comme un film en Super 8 qui aurait sauté quelques secondes. (BS 148-9). This literally collapsing world means something different to each family member.
En famille constantly plays on the flagrant opposition between Fanny’s dreams of belonging – her visions of the family based on images derived from popular sentiment and its fictional aids – and the grotesque reality of adultery, greed, stupidity and cruelty exhibited by her aunts, uncles and cousins. This cruelty is finally laid bare to Fanny by proxy, through the way they treat her alter ego, a poor waif who acts as a go-between in Fanny’s negotiations with Tante Colette, and whose maltreatment is not based on race but on casual inhumanity and contempt for the underdog.
Affaires de famille : the family in contemporary French culture and theory by Welch, Edward; Barnet, Marie-Claire