Representations of water in essays by Yourcenar

Anamaria Lupan


Adept of metamorphosis, Marguerite Yourcenar repeatedly uses in her essays the image of water, fluid elements related to the idea of transformation and rebirth; sea, ocean, artificial fountain – water takes various aspects and forms; from motif in the analyzed paintings to the biological functions it exercises, water crosses the yourcenarian essays. Established in the United States of America after the Second World War, did the writer study the ecology lesson testified by her texts about water? Or do these writings rather go beyond the concrete and circumstantial level of existence to talk about a global philosophy of life, as it seems to acknowledge the title of her trilogy: As the Water That Flows?


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Bernier Y. (2004) : Inventaire de la bibliothèque de Marguerite Yourcenar – Petite-Plaisance. Clermont-Ferrand : SIEY.

Blanckeman B. (2017) : « Eau » in Blanckeman B. (éd.), Dictionnaire Marguerite Yourcenar. Paris : Honoré Champion.

Élyane D.-J. (1999) : Sources II. Paris : Gallimard, « Cahiers de la NRF ».

Sanz, T. (2000) : « Aspects de l’horizon éthique et esthétique de Marguerite Yourcenar : sa lecture des Tragiques d’Agrippa d’Aubigné », in Carminella Biondi, Françoise Bonali-Fiquet, Maria Cavazutti, Elena Pessini (éd.), Marguerite Yourcenar. Parcours, méthodes et finalités d’une écriture critique, actes du colloque de Modène, Parme et Bologne, mai 1999. Tours : SIEY.

Yourcenar M. (1991) : Essais et mémoires, avant propos de l’éditeur. Paris : Gallimard, coll. « Bibliothèque de la Pléiade ».

Yourcenar M. (1982) : Œuvres romanesques. Paris : Gallimard, coll. « Bibliothèque de la Pléiade ».

Date of publication: 2018-10-05 14:27:34
Date of submission: 2018-05-14 12:33:28


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