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First published: February 1, 2024 - Last updated: February 1, 2024


Speaker: Elly Walters

Title: Ecologies of Sexual and Reproductive Violence in Nathacha Appanah's Rien ne t'appartient

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Conference: 64th Annual Conference of the Society for French Studies (June 26-28, 2023) - Online Program

Session: (1.6) Haunting, Memory, and Ecology in Francophone Literature (Chair: Martin Crowley)

Place: Newcastle University, Newcastle, United Kingdom

Date: June 26, 2023

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 21st Century | Types: Sexual Assualt; Representations: Literary Texts / Nathacha Appanah


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Speaker: Elly Walters, Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford -

Abstract: »Since the publication of her most recent novel, Rien ne t'appartient (2021), the Mauritian-French writer Nathacha Appanah has been invited on more than one occasion to comment on her use of the term 'fille gâchée'. In the novel, set in an unnamed island in the Global South, protagonist Vijaya is sent to live in a carceral refuge for so-called 'filles gâchées' after falling pregnant as a teenager. The term is not particularly idiomatic in French, and readers have been curious to learn more about it. When one interviewer asked whether Appanah created the expression, she replied: 'Je crois que je l'ai inventée mais je suis sûre que je ne l'ai pas inventée, je suis sûre qu'elle existe'. This paper follows Appanah's discussion of the the 'fille gâchée' in Rien ne t'appartient and its metatexts. I explore the ways in which ecological metaphor is used to conceptualise the protagonist's experience of sexual abuse and forced abortion: namely, through the allegory of spoilt fruit, or 'fruits gâchés', and through the recurring motifs of tides and vines. My interest lies in how Appanah writes sexual and reproductive violence through ecology and vice versa, reconfiguring in her work the relationships between bodies, environments, and systems of power.« (Source:

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