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Le périple erratique de la mendiante durassienne

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Academic Journal of Modern Philology

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woman   beggar   wandering   madness   exclusion   pain


Academic Journal of Modern Philology is a scientific journal oriented towards interdisciplinary studies. AJMP has been included in the register of journals published by The Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education with 70 points awarded. The journal seeks original articles on linguistics with special focus on comparative studies, anthropological linguistics, science of cognition, social communication and literary studies. Since the founding of the journal in 2012, it has been our goal to foster the development of linguistic studies through an open exchange of ideas, while maintaining the highest standards of academic publishing. Contributions are subject to a double-blind peer reviews for authenticity, ethical issues and usefulness. The reviewing procedure is supervised by the International Advisory Board. The articles are published mainly in English, German, French and Polish. Academic Journal of Modern Philology is an open access journal published annually by the Committee for Philology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław Branch and the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław.


Marguerite Duras focuses on a rejected individual on the margins of society. Her literary characters oppose beingperceived as devoid of autonomy, contesting the fixed model of a submissive and passive woman. On the contrary,they reject the social order and the traditional system of values, claiming the right to freedom and thus showing/demonstrating/proving transgressive female behaviour. Duras’ heroine, a mysterious, crazy person who is lookingfor love and is aware of her otherness and alienation, appears as a kind of femme fatale or a witch. This image of a‘different’ woman – a disturbing, unhappy, lost, borderline person experiencing a specific crisis – is best illustratedby a beggar. She identifies, par excellence, with the wandering to the lands of perdition and its various meanings/readings. Her journey is, at the same time, a sign of dereliction, an attempt at liberation and a quest for identity.

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e-ISSN 2353-3218   ISSN 2299-7164





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College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław