Wstydliwa pamięć Annie Ernaux


The French writer Annie Ernaux openly admits that her literature is committed. She does not mean, however, the Sartrean model of literature committed on the side of a particular political ideology, but the struggle to bring those who traditionally remain invisible into the field of vision of literature, as well as the society. Thus, she creates a genre hybrid: an auto-sociobiographical narrative. She uses it to trace the social framework that shapes the identity of individuals and social groups that interest her. In many of her texts, as in the discussed novel Mémoire de fille, it is class and gender shame, or in fact, the memory of shame, that most strongly influences the formation of the subject, in this case, a young girl, inhibiting her development, or on the contrary, enhancing it.

Keywords: Annie Ernaux, committed literature, women’s writing, shame