On Verbal Art - Essays in Honour of Ruqaiya Hasan - Rebekah Wegener

On Verbal Art - Essays in Honour of Ruqaiya Hasan - Rebekah Wegener

Simone de Beauvoir's Construal of Language and Literature in Mémoires d'une Jeune Fille Rangée (1958): A Hasanian Perspective

On Verbal Art - Essays in Honour of Ruqaiya Hasan - Rebekah Wegener

Alice Caffarel-Cayron [+-]
University of Sydney
Alice Caffarel-Cayron has been teaching French and Linguistics in the Department of French Studies since 1996. Her main research interests are the grammar and semantics of French, Discourse analysis, stylistics and language typology. She has developed a systemic functional description of the grammar of French that she has applied to the teaching of French, linguistics, discourse analysis and stylistics in the Department of French Studies. Her Systemic Functional Interpretation of French Grammar was first published by Continuum in 2006 and republished as paperback in 2008. She is currently conducting research on the language of Simone de Beauvoir and the impact her writings had on readers.

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This chapter retraces Simone de Beauvoir’s experience with language and literature from childhood to adulthood as construed in the first volume of her memoirs “Mémoires d’une jeune fille rangée” (1958). Using Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL), it explores transitivity patterns in passages where Beauvoir talks about her experience of/with literature. It focuses in particular on experiential roles assigned both to literature and to Beauvoir as she interacts with literature. It also explores the processes in which literature and Beauvoir are involved. The aim is to show that Beauvoir’s view of literature as an activity and a tool for change in the world is reflected in her choice of linguistic patterns. In addition, the analysis reveals the growth of Beauvoir from a child with a passion for books to a writer who would become one of the most influential of the 20th century. Hasan’s (1985) model for the analysis of verbal art serves as point of departure to our analysis and gives us the means to discuss how the Theme of language as action is symbolically articulated by foregrounded experiential patterns in Beauvoir’s memoires.

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Caffarel-Cayron, Alice. Simone de Beauvoir's Construal of Language and Literature in Mémoires d'une Jeune Fille Rangée (1958): A Hasanian Perspective. On Verbal Art - Essays in Honour of Ruqaiya Hasan. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 132-165 Sep 2018. ISBN 9781781794487. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=29810. Date accessed: 19 Sep 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.29810. Sep 2018

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