Vol. 8 No. 2 (2006)

Quand un homme amoureux raconte en « je »

Ágnes Tóth
Université de Szeged

Published 01-12-2006


  • masculine narration,
  • first person narration,
  • rhetorics,
  • indirect and direct discourse,
  • failure of self-expression

How to Cite

Tóth, Ágnes. (2006). Quand un homme amoureux raconte en « je ». Verbum – Analecta Neolatina, 8(2), 447–452. https://doi.org/10.1556/Verb.8.2006.2.14


The first-person narrator of Prévost abbé's Histoire d'une Grecque moderne tells the story of his relationship with a beautiful Greek woman. The relation starts with a dialogue realized in a seraglio and this type of reported communication will dominate the whole narration. Most of these dialogues take place as part of a persuasion process: the actors try to persuade each other, and on his turn, the narrator tries to persuade the reader. The letter - the written communication par excellence - substitutes the dialogue between the actors only once, at a crucial moment of the story. This situation emphasizes one of the central problems raised by the novel: the failure of self-expression and mutual understanding.