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Memory and identity in Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro

Grant number: 12/00815-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): April 16, 2012
Effective date (End): June 15, 2012
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Modern Foreign Literatures
Principal Investigator:Maria das Graças Gomes Villa da Silva
Grantee:Patricia Magazoni Gonçalves
Supervisor: Danielle Forget
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Araraquara. Araraquara , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Ottawa (uOttawa), Canada  
Associated to the scholarship:11/03756-3 - Narrative voice and memory: the search for identity by the protagonists of Felicidade clandestina by Clarice Lispector and of Lives of girls and Women by Alice Munro, BP.MS


The aim of this Project is to study the representation of memory in the fictional discourse of the Canadian write Alice Munro and its link with the process of search for identity by the characters in the narratives of Lives of Girls and Women, published in 1971. The narratives give shape to a memory that is not only used to retain information, but also to give a new significance to the narrator's life and to promote the re-configuration of the facts. Therefore, the return to the past encourages the reinterpretation of the facts and the emergence of new meanings which were not considered at the time, what influences the formation of the identity of an adult narrator who chooses stories that are distant from the enunciation moment. (AU)

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