Delphine de Vigan's pathographies: writing as a response to trauma and illness

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This article looks at two texts from award-winning French writer Delphine de Vigan, namely Rien ne s'oppose à la nuit (2011) and Jours sans faim (2001). This piece offers an original analysis that goes beyond the family novel and autofiction readings that have previously been made of the narratives by showing show how family, transgression, trauma, illness and writing are intrinsically linked in Vigan's writing and how both text should instead be read as pathographies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-109
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Literature and Trauma Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2018


  • Delphine de Vigan
  • trauma
  • illness
  • pathography
  • French literature
  • writing of the self


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Narrating gender and trauma: an introduction

Caballero Rodriguez, B. & Verdier, C., 2016, In : Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies. 5, 2, p. 1-5 5 p.

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Trauma and Gender in 20th Century European Literature

Caroline Verdier (Organiser)

11 Mar 201612 Mar 2016

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Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies (Journal)

Caroline Verdier (Guest editor) & Beatriz Caballero Rodriguez (Guest editor)


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