112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Suitable for Sacrifice: The Portrait of Expendable Humanity in Marguerite Duras' Un Barrage contre le Pacifique

Linda Alcott, University of Colorado Denver

This paper explores the victimization of the ancillary characters in Un Barrage contre le Pacifique.  In particular, an analysis of the desperate existences of "les enfants de la plaine" and that of "le Caporal" permeate the novel in such a way as to create the relentless backdrop of physical and psychological despair for which the Durassien novel is well-known.

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This paper explores the victimization of the ancillary characters in Un Barrage contre le Pacifique.  In particular, an analysis of the desperate existences of "les enfants de la plaine" and that of "le Caporal" permeate the novel in such a way as to create the relentless backdrop of physical and psychological despair for which the Durassien novel is well-known. 

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