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ERIC Number: EJ824053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1470-8477
How Many Identities Make One? The Curious Case of Romain Gary
Bellos, David
Language and Intercultural Communication, v4 n1-2 p21-28 Feb 2004
Romain Gary was born in Lithuania, moved to France at age 14, and spent much of his adult life in Britain and America. He represents an unusually extreme case of multiple identity in a transnational context. Despite this, Gary's literary oeuvre is not much concerned with the problem of identity. It exhibits instead a tension between protest at the inhumanity of men and the need to adapt to changing historical circumstances. The dialectic between opposition and adaptation is exemplified by the textual history of "Education europeenne". First published in wartime Britain, then amended for publication in Liberation France, then rewritten in cold war California, it was finally given a "definitive" hybrid version in French. The same message is pursued in all versions but from different author-positions. It is argued that the revisions serve to dedramatise the psychological question of identity, and to redirect attention to the moral aims of writing fiction. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; France; Lithuania; United Kingdom (Great Britain)