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Journée d'étude Agrégation et Recherche

Université de Caen Normandie
Organisation: Lorie-Anne Rainville & Penny Starfield

Le laboratoire ERIBIA et le département d’anglais de l’Université de Caen Normandie accueillaient le vendredi 8 janvier 2016 une journée d’étude autour du programme de l’agrégation externe d’anglais 2016. Les textes des communications sont réunis ici en deux parties : littérature et civilisation.

Part I : Literature

Alice Munro, Dance with the Happy Shades

Lorie-Anne RAINVILLE (Université de Caen Normandie): “When the Indians were there”: memory and forgetfulness in Alice Munro’s Dance of the Happy Shades.

Christine LORRE-JOHNSTON (Université de Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle): Nature after Wordsworth in Alice Munro’s Dance of the Happy Shades.
Alice Munro has acknowledged the influence of Wordsworth’s works and ideas on her own outlook, particularly where the idea of nature is concerned. Yet this cultural link has seldom been explored. Starting from this observation, this article proposes a few research directions by examining the concept of nature in Munro’s first collection of short stories, Dance of the Happy Shades (1968), successively as an experience of “the call of the wild,” then in the form of geology, and last, as overall framework for contemporary ecological changes.
The world of Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro’s first collection of short stories, Dance of the Happy Shades, first published in 1968, is firmly rooted in the misleading ordinariness of her first person female narrator protagonist’s everyday life in small town Canada. Thanks to Munro’s skillful handling of the specific genre of the short story, in this collection of dense stories focusing on a particular event that eventually disrupts the routine of their everyday, Munro’s characters all experience some kind of epiphany through which they end up getting an insight into their “tender spot”, a truer meaning of their lives than the comfortable, reassuring image they had of themselves, of their family and of their whole world and the extraordinary emerges out of the ordinary. We will analyze the literary techniques used by Munro, her “art” to picture, decipher, explore, transform and illuminate the everyday of her characters and the renewed, sometimes disappointed vision they have of the pattern of their lives, thus exploring the construction of the female subject. We will show how Munro handles the reality of small town Canada in the 1960s by “putting on a mask of ordinariness” to better unveil the magic that lies beneath this reality and highlight the extraordinary within the ordinary which then operates as a “subterfuge”.

Part II : Civilisation

The Republicans (1952 - 2008)

This article argues that the ideological shift undertaken by the Republican Party in the late 1970s, namely the move away from the consensus politics of Eisenhower’s Modern Republicanism towards the so-called Reagan Revolution, was motivated primarily by electoral considerations and the pursuit of power. The southern strategy, the adoption of socially conservative policies and the embracing of supply side economics, are analyzed in light of their electoral appeal, and are seen as a delayed response to the New Deal realignment of 1930-32.

The Great Famine in Ireland

Anne-Catherine De BOUVIER (Université de Caen Normandie): Quelles solutions irlandaises ? La Famine dans The Nation, 1845-1848.
Cet article se propose d’aborder la manière dont The Nation, organe du groupe Young Ireland, réagit à la Famine. Le reproche fut parfois fait aux nationalistes irlandais d’avoir eu la critique facile, sans rien avoir proposé de concret. Nous verrons que des propositions existaient bel et bien, mais d’une faisabilité pour le moins hypothétique: à cause du flottement, des évolutions ou des ruptures doctrinales du mouvement, mais aussi parce qu’elles se heurtaient à l’idéologie dominante. Une approche essentiellement chronologique permettra de suivre le traitement de la question dans les colonnes du journal, en fonction des contextes domestique et international.
Mise à jour le 25 avril 2016
Créé le 29 février 2016
ISSN 2107-7029
DGESCO Clé des Langues