Autobiography, history and politics
in Marguerite Duras
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When she embarked on a second career as a film director in the late 1960s, Marguerite Duras was already a well-known and highly acclaimed novelist and playwright. If Duras's creative enterprise was shaped to a large extent by memories of her childhood and adolescence, her involvement in the political history of France since the Second World War played an equally important role, particularly in her cinema. Bearing in mind this dual influence, this chapter presents an outline of Duras's early life and of her later political preoccupations, highlighting the relationship between these two dimensions and her films. If her political activities had previously revolved around her opposition to the authoritarian structures of Gaullist France, her involvement in May '68 reflects her disillusionment with all ideologies, whether on the left or on the right of the political spectrum.

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