Annie Ernaux

Annie Ernaux (born Annie Duchesne; 1 September 1940) is a French author.

She attended a Lycée and studied at the Universities of Rouen and Bordeaux. Ernaux became a certified teacher, then a graduate of modern literature, but never finished her thesis on Marivaux. She worked as a teacher at a high school in Bonneville, at the Collège d’Évire in Annecy-le-Vieux, in Pontoise, and at the Center national d’enseignement à distance (CNED).

Since her first book, Les Armoires vides (1974), Annie Ernaux has focused on autobiographical writing, mixing historical events and individual experiences and exploring topics such as marriage (La Femme gelée), sexuality and love (Passion simpleSe perdreL’Occupation), her abortion (L’Événement), her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease and death  (Je ne suis pas sortie de ma nuit; Une femme), and her struggle with breast cancer (L’Usage de la photo). Ernaux’s main themes are sexuality, inequality, time, transgression, love, and the overarching question of how to write about life and memory.

Ernaux says she is an “ethnologist of herself”.

Books

In English

  • Cleaned out. tr. Carol Sanders (1996. Original: Les Armoires vides, 1974)
  • A Frozen Woman. tr. Linda Coverdale (1995. Original: La Femme gelée, 1981)
  • A man’s place. tr. Tanya Leslie (1992. Original: La Place, 1983)
  • A Woman’s Story. tr. Tanya Leslie (2003. Original: Une Femme, 1989)
  • Simple Passion. tr. Tanya Leslie (2003. Original: Passion simple, 1991)
  • Exteriors. tr. Tanya Leslie (1996. Original: Journal du dehors, 1993)
  • Shame, tr. Tanya Leslie (1998. Original: La Honte, 1997)
  • I Remain in Darkness. tr.  Tanya Leslie (1999. Original: Je ne suis pas sortie de ma nuit, 1997)
  • Things Seen. tr. Jonathan Kaplansky (2010. Original: La Vie extérieure: 1993-1999, 2000)
  • Happening. tr. Tanya Leslie (2001. Original: L’Événement, 2000)
    • Also: Happening, tr. Alison L. Strayer, 2019
  • The Possession. tr. Anna Moschovakis (2008. Original: L’Occupation, 2002)
  • The Years. tr. Alison L. Strayer (2017. Original: Les Années, 2008)

In French

  • Les Armoires vides, 1974
  • Ce qu’ils disent ou rien, 1977
  • La Femme gelée, 1981
  • La Place, 1983
  • Une Femme, 1989
  • Passion simple, 1991
  • Journal du dehors, 1993
  • La Honte, 1997
  • Je ne suis pas sortie de ma nuit, 1997
  • La Vie extérieure: 1993-1999, 2000
  • L’Événement, 2000
  • Se perdre, 2001
  • L’Occupation, 2002
  • L’Usage de la photo, written with Marc Marie, 2005
  • Les Années, 2008
  • L’Autre fille, 2011
  • L’Atelier noir, 2011
  • Écrire la vie, 2011.
  • Retour à Yvetot, 2013.
  • Regarde les lumières mon amour, 2014.
  • Mémoire de fille, 2016.

About her

  • Annie Ernaux, by Denis Fernandez-Recatala, 1994
  • Annie Ernaux ou l’exil intérieur, by Claire-Lise Tondeur, 1996
  • Emanzipation und Selbstentfremdung durch Lesen. Die autobiographischen Romane von Annie Ernaux, by Friedrich Wolfzettel, in: La lecture au féminin. La lectrice dans la littérature française du moyen âge au XXe siècle – Lesende Frauen. Zur Kulturgeschichte der Leserin in der französischen Literatur von den Anfängen bis zum 20. Jahrhundert, edited by Angelica Rieger, Jean-François Tonard, 1999
  • Annie Ernaux: The Return to Origins, by Siobhán McIlvanney, 2001
  • Annie Ernaux. Von Glück und Entfremdung, by Roswitha Böhm, in: Französische Literatur der Gegenwart. Ein Autorenlexikon, edited by Petra Metz, Dirk Naguschewski, 2001
  • « Du mauvais goût » : Annie Emaux’s Bildungsaufstieg als literatur-und gesellschaftskritische Selbstzerstörung, by Heike Ina Kuhl, 2001
  • Ernaux, Redonnet, Bâ et Ben Jelloun: le personnage féminin à l’aube du xxie siècle, by Michèle Chossat, 2002
  • Liberty, Equality, Maternity in Beauvoir, Leduc and Ernaux, by Alison Fell, 2003
  • Annie Ernaux: une œuvre de l’entre-deux, edited by Fabrice Thumerel, 2004
  • Annie Ernaux à la première personne, by Lyn Thomas, 2005
  • „Les artistes de l’intime“: erotische Körper im Spannungsfeld zwischen Intimität und Öffentlichkeit bei Christine Angot, Catherine Millet und Annie Ernaux, by Karen Struve, 2005
  • Writing shame and desire: the work of Annie Ernaux, by Loraine Day, 2007
  • Ma mère, la morte. L’écriture du deuil chez Marguerite Yourcenar, Simone de Beauvoir et Annie Ernaux, by Pierre-Louis Fort, 2007
  • Annie Ernaux: étude de l’œuvre, by Francine Dugast-Porte, 2008
  • Le Temps et le moi dans l’œuvre d’Annie Ernaux, by Adrien Scharff, 2008
  • Annie Ernaux, une poétique de la transgression, by Élise Hugueny-Léger, 2009
  • Annie Ernaux. De la perte au corps glorieux, by Michèle Bacholle-Boskovic, 2011
  • Annie Ernaux. Se perdre dans l’écriture de soi, edited by Danielle Bajomée et Juliette Dor, 2011
  • Ces femmes qui écrivent: de Madame de Sévigné à Annie Ernaux, by Élisabeth Seys, 2012
  • Photobiographies: pour une écriture de notation de la vie: Roland Barthes, Denis Roche, Annie Ernaux, by Fabien Arribert-Narce, 2014
  • Les Mots comme des pierres. Annie Ernaux, écrivain (documentary, directed by Michelle Porte, 2014, IMDb)
  • Annie Ernaux.un engagement d’écriture, edited by Pierre-Louis Fort, Violaine Houdart-Merot, 2015
  • Écrire en régime médiatique. Marguerite Duras et Annie Ernaux. Actrices et spectatrices de la communication de masse, by Marie-Laure Rossi, 2015

3 thoughts on “Annie Ernaux

  1. Wow, that really puts The Years into perspective, so many intriguing titles. Thank you for compiling this comprehensive reference. It makes me think I should start elsewhere than her latest. Have you read any of her other works or works about her?

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    1. Thank you, Claire! The Years was my first book by Ernaux, but I had read about her in some of the books I compiled, particularly “Lesende Frauen. Zur Kulturgeschichte der Leserin in der französischen Literatur von den Anfängen bis zum 20. Jahrhundert”.

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  2. I like your post far more than I like Annie Ernaux, whom I impolitely nickname Annie Ennui. She leaves me cold, with the exception of making me frustrated with her liberal feminism. I’m not sure why I got at such cross purposes with her…but I couldn’t finish The Years, and I took great objection to it being on the MBIP long list (which the judges allowed) as a memoir never was, and never will be fiction, in my mind. Wow, sorry to sound so hostile on your sweet blog. 😌

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