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Vies et mises en récits (auto) biographiques : la collection "l'un et l'autre" de J.B Pontalis (1988 - 2013)

Abstract : In France, biography was said to be close to its death at the end of the twentieth century, but J.-B. Pontalis and other editors helped promoting its renewal. Biographical relationship is being explored by L’un et l’autre under the focus of fatherhood, motherhood and care. These topics are less things than words, they belong to literature and language, and to a peculiar language. L’un et l’autre reflects the literary work of J.-B. Pontalis : one had an impact on the other and then the other way round. This is true for the human, animal and objectal topics which are spread throughout L’un et l’autre and may be called variorum of otherness. The other being or the other thing might be brother, sister, place or time, the last one referring especially to the Holocaust. In L’un et l’autre as well as in the work of Pontalis, the writer may find his alter ego in a painter or a musician, words can become pictures or tunes. Nevertheless the best mirror for a writer, and a biographer is a writer indeed, is another writer. More and more, the books edited by J.-B. Pontalis evolved from biography of the other towards biography of the self, following thus the late work of Pontalis as a writer. During the late life and after the death of J.-B. Pontalis, a « autographic » way of writing was born, the widespread topics of which show that french literature performed and still performs a comeback towards its second self : life.
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Franck Lasmezas. Vies et mises en récits (auto) biographiques : la collection "l'un et l'autre" de J.B Pontalis (1988 - 2013). Littératures. Université de Lyon, 2019. Français. ⟨NNT : 2019LYSE2091⟩. ⟨tel-02499481⟩

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