The image of the Other in Pascal Quignard’s "L’Occupation américaine"

Patricia Gauthier


In the late 1950s, the United States set up a military base in Meung-sur-Loire, where Pascal Quignard’s L’Occupation américaine is set. For the hero of the novel, this “other world” is at once an object of fascination and an object of repulsion. In this paper, we discuss how the image of the otherness of a civilization described from the point of view of the occupied party is construed and how it forces that party to examine itself. This image, thereby linked to the discovery of the Other in oneself, prevents the reader from withdrawing behind a fixed opposition of values.


otherness; fascination; repulsion; United States; values


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