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“There is always room for at least two truths” : Entre dualité et art du compromis, à la recherche d’un espace de l’équilibre dans TransAtlantic de Colum McCann (section “1998 – para bellum”)

Abstract : As its title indicates, Colum McCann's 2013 TransAtlantic revolves around the tension between two poles and the various characters' endeavours to transcend it. This is particularly observable in the third section of Book I, a section entitled "1998-para bellum" and which depicts the last weeks of the negotiations which resulted in the Good Friday Agreement. The opposition between balance and imbalance pervades this section, especially through various recurrent themes and motifs. This raises the question of whether this thematic importance is mirrored in the text: are there narrative traces of this (im)balance? Since the narration does indeed tend to be imbalanced at times, it will be necessary to examine the consequences of such a phenomenon on the reception of the text. Is this imbalance actually necessarily problematic, be it at the level of the plot, the narration or the reception? These are the issues this article will tackle, by paying particularly close attention to the rhythm of the text as well as to the cohesion and salience mechanisms at work in this section.
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Marion Bourdeau. “There is always room for at least two truths” : Entre dualité et art du compromis, à la recherche d’un espace de l’équilibre dans TransAtlantic de Colum McCann (section “1998 – para bellum”). Etudes de stylistique anglaise, Société de stylistique anglaise, Lyon, 2019, ⟨10.4000/esa.3736⟩. ⟨hal-02439412⟩

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