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Interview with Gérard Macé

Kawakami, Akane (2011) Interview with Gérard Macé. Romance Studies 29 (2), pp. 81-92. ISSN 0263-9904.

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Gérard Macé is the prize-winning author of over twenty books, as well as a respected translator and photographer, but his work is still relatively neglected in the Anglophone academy. This article, by way of a short description of his work followed by an interview with the author, seeks to introduce Macé to those who may not be acquainted with his singular and varied oeuvre. The introduction describes how Macé's writing defies generic boundaries, situating themselves somewhere between biography and autobiography, travelogue and reverie, factual account and imagined creation. His books deal with a bewildering variety of themes, often biographical: however, they always contain a first-person 'je' who, through adopting the essayist's perspective, allows his subjects' lives to unfold within the textual space created by his voice. The interview is an edited version of a long conversation in which we discussed illiteracy and language, the moment of creation in both writing and photography, the essence of the image, and the autobiographical in the biographical. Macé has been interviewed many times, but here he speaks, amongst other things, for the first time about how the key scene of Le dernier des Égyptiens emerges from an originary scene of his childhood.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Childhood, Gerard Mace, autobiography, writing and illiteracy, signs, photography
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
Depositing User: Akane Kawakami
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2012 06:59
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2014 10:54

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