Intertextual doubling in Je suis un homme: Modiano, Morricone and Nimier

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This paper concentrates on two brief, apparently casual references in Je suis un homme to Modiano’s Les Boulevards de ceinture and La Place de l’étoile, both of which feature a cast of double agents and dual personalities as well as the fractured relationship between a father and son. My analysis demonstrates that the Modiano intertexts present us with a ‘doubling’ not only of Nimier’s protagonist and his father, but also (allusively, subtly, indeed ‘silently’, for the relevant aspects of the intertext are entirely implicit) of the author herself and her problematic father, Roger. Juxtaposing this finding with one further, unnamed intertext (identifiable as Il était une fois dans l’Ouest), I consider Nimier’s intertextual strategy as a form of revenge for her father’s famous question ‘Que dit la Reine du Silence?’.
Period30 Nov 2019
Event titleMidwest Modern Languages Association Conference
Event typeConference
LocationChicago, United StatesShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational