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By Welch, Edward; Barnet, Marie-Claire

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'Famille, je vous ai (encore et toujours a l'esprit?), je vous aime un peu, beaucoup, ou je vous hais enormement?' What are households like in modern France? And what starts off to emerge after we reflect on them from the perspective of contemporary theoretical views: (faulty) team spirit, (fake) coherence, (carefully deliberate or subversive) deconstruction, loss (of love, self assurance or credibility), or, even (utter) chaos and (alarming) confusion? Which media revamp previous stereotypes, generate replacement reinterpretations, and indicate extra ambiguous solutions? What pictures, scenes or frames stand out in modern representations of the kinfolk? Uneasy contradictions and ambiguities emerge during this bilingual selection of ways and style reports. The kin plot turns out to thicken as relations ties seem to loosen. Has 'the kin' been misplaced from sight, or is it being reinvented in our collective imaginary? This publication proposes a brand new sequence of views and questions about an previous and 'familiar' subject, exploring the country and standing of the kin in modern literature, tradition, severe and psychoanalytic idea and sociology

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15 Saint-Amand, ‘La Photographie de famille dans L’Amant’, p. 225. 16 Ibid. Figuring out the Family 43 to a shared structure which is ironic, and often bathetic, repeatedly pitting efforts towards cohesion against a fragmentation which comes to feel inevitable. Dislocation is inscribed and repeated at every level, made all the more salient by attempts to counter it. These works are thus albums of family failure which negate the project of family belonging they pursue. Indeed the titles of two of them, Nobécourt’s Nous and Ndiaye’s En famille, are ironic announcements of their overall project.

In this as in Ndiaye’s other reunion scenes, it is uncertain whether the self will be nurtured or damaged by renewed contact. Ndiaye’s family narratives also turn the family photograph against its own familial purposes. 36 In Autoportrait en vert one of the ways in which the narrator’s father reveals his egotism is through his collection and display not of family photographs, but of numerous photographs of himself (AV 30). Photographs of strangers who have just become or are soon to be ‘family’ (the baby on the mother’s postcard; the sister’s fiancé) produce neither recognition nor pleasure.

Yet Fanny’s complicity (marked by her acceptance of this very name) makes the sacrificial victim an exponent of masochistic self-sacrifice. And Fanny’s way of victimising herself is in the end not so different from the ways in which Papa’s family ultimately accept to be his sacrificial victims. , in Papa doit manger, and Fanny in En famille – who live through the metamorphoses and contortions that attend those who question the law that governs them; while those who incarnate and so, willy-nilly, uphold the law – Papa in Papa doit manger, Fanny’s endless aunts and cousins in En famille – remain strangely immune from change, eternally themselves in the teeth of otherness.

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