`Faudrait-il le dire à vous, âEtranger?': enjeux intertextuels dans Vingt Ans de Nguyên Duc Giang
International Journal of Francophone Studies
Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
By reworking the thread of colonial initiation commonly found in French novels about Indochina, Nguyên Duc Giang's francophone novel Vingt ans (1940) draws upon novelistic and colonial intertexts to reflect upon the novel's role both in educating metropolitan readers and as a possible foundation for Franco-Vietnamese relations. Francophone and francophile, the young Vietnamese represented by this novel's Vietnamese narrator seem to exist outside of the colonial context; at the same time, a 'foreign' reader, presumably French, haunts the story through a dialogical, and unstable, relationship with the narrator. The latter provides the reader with familiar landmarks and immediately reshuffles them, thus transgressing the relationship that links him to the reader. In this way, the narrator reveals his ambiguity towards the reader and his/her culture, calling French hegemony into question.
Dixon, Susan. "`Faudrait-il le dire à vous, âEtranger?': enjeux intertextuels dans Vingt Ans de Nguyên Duc Giang." International Journal of Francophone Studies Vol. 7, no. No. 3 (2004) : 169-185.