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Magical Allegory in Marie Darrieussecq’s novel Pig Tales (1996): Piggy Debauchery in Postcolonial France

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posted on 22.05.2017, 03:01 by Sallie Muirden
This article presents an analysis of Marie Darrieussecq's first novel Pig Tales, which was initially published in France in 1996, where it became a bestseller. Pig Tales was subsequently translated into many languages, bringing the novel and its young French author international acclaim. In the process of making a case for reading the novel as an allegory, early sections of the article examine the ways in which Pig Tales displays allegorical characteristics. Subsequent sections consider aspects of post-feminist, postmodern and postcolonial France that Darrieussecq may be responding to, and satirising, through the use of her central allegorical trope – the representation of a human being as an animal.

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2008

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16

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229-244

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Article

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