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A Memoir of Passage: Mort d'un silence, by Clémence Boulouque
Women in French Studies (2009)
  • Jane E Evans, University of Texas at El Paso
Abstract

Since 2003, when Clémence Boulouque's memoir, Mort d'un silence, was published, its author has written in a variety of genres, including novels, articles, and film scripts. Mort d'un silence interests the reader for several reasons: it revisits Judge Gilles Boulouque's suicide in December 1990 and the consequences of this act for his family, especially his thirteen-year-old daughter, Clémence; it recalls the political climate in France during the late 1980s, when Gilles Boulouque had already begun to fight terrorism; and it illustrates the tension between disclosure and concealment as its twenty-six-year-old narrator describes her passage from childhood to adolescence and from young to more mature adulthood.

Keywords
  • Memoir,
  • life writing,
  • trauma,
  • suicide,
  • Gilles Boulouque,
  • 1980s France
Publication Date
2009
Publisher Statement
Copyright 2009 by Women in French Studies. Women in French is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and an Allied Organization of the Modern Language Association of America.
Citation Information
Jane E Evans. "A Memoir of Passage: Mort d'un silence, by Clémence Boulouque" Women in French Studies Iss. Special Issue (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jane_evans/6/