(Re)Constructing Memory with “Imagination’s Invisible Ink” in Carol Shields’ The Stone Diaries

Abstract : The Stone Diaries (1993) illustrates Carol Shields’s pervading interest in the writing of lives and in the way these lives are remembered and narrated. Bearing in mind Paul Ricœur’s concept of “narrative identity”, I propose to consider how and why Daisy Goodwill (re)constructs memories of her life and others’ with the recourse to imagination. This paper will first look at the problematisation of the retrospective dimension in the novel, a problematisation that is achieved through the hybridisation of life writing genres. Memory is not a fixed feature but is constantly being re-constructed as shall be seen in the second part. Finally, I propose to consider the issue of closure in relation to the never-ending process of updating one’s memory to make sense of one’s life.
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Armelle Parey. (Re)Constructing Memory with “Imagination’s Invisible Ink” in Carol Shields’ The Stone Diaries. Études canadiennes Canadian Studies : Revue interdisciplinaire des études canadiennes en France, Association française des études canadiennes (AFEC), 2013, Mémoire(s) : construction, interprétation, enjeux, pp.59-71. ⟨10.4000/eccs.249⟩. ⟨hal-02265722⟩

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