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Sous les mots, l'enfance. Sarraute et la philosophie du langage ordinaire

Abstract : We propose a reading of Nathalie Sarraute’s Childhood from the perspective of ordinary language criticism, derived from the works of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Stanley Cavell. We show how Sarraute finds in scenes of instruction from her childhood the source of her relationships to words as a writer: on the one hand, there is her resistance against words used as all too easy vignettes, and on the other there is her pursuit of a prose able to reveal dimensions of experience covered by ordinary conversation. We show how this double relation to words finds its foundations in the role Sarraute’s father played in the transmission of culture to his daughter. We then compare scenes of instruction in the works of Sarraute, Wittgenstein, and Cavell, which provide several different perceptions of the fragility of culture.
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Raïd Layla. Sous les mots, l'enfance. Sarraute et la philosophie du langage ordinaire. A contrario. Revue interdisciplinaire de sciences sociales, BSN Press 2017, L'éducation et la figure de l'enfant chez Wittgenstein et Cavell, 25 (2). ⟨halshs-02976947⟩



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