Irony or persuasion? The choice by Emmanuel Carrère in Le Royaume

Alessandro Cinquegrani

Abstract


The aim of this essay is that one to understand the relationship between irony and persuasion into the work by Emmanuel Carrère, in particular referring to L’Adversaire and Le Royaume, which are deeply related.

This study will demonstrate that Carrère and Michelstaedter, even if they do not have a direct relation, use similar words to express their thought; this justifies the recall to the author from Trieste as a theoretical and philosophical support for the analysis of the works by the French author.

Through a deep comparison of the works and a consistent number of quotations, it will be analysed in particular: 1. The passage from the fiction to the non fiction; 2. The relationship, not linear, between these two aspects and those called persuasion and rethoric by Michelstaedter; 3. The oppositive relationship between irony and persuasion (referring to the definitions by Bergson and Pirandello); 4.The persistence of irony and rhetoric in Le Royaume which are denied by an ending leading to persuasion.

The reached results show that The Royaume ends an open path with L’Adversaire and an entire season in the production by Carrère characterised by the use of irony and unbelief. In the ending of his last book, the French author chooses to sacrify his own identity of a writer and of a skeptical  intellectual to hug that one of a persuade man.


Keywords


Irony; Persuasion; Rhetoric; Non Fiction; Emmanuel Carrère

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