Étudiant-chercheur étoile November 2015

Francis Walsh

PhD student in Arts and Social Communications
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Award-winning publication: Jean-Paul Sartre lecteur, intimiste et engagé : une guerre à la Kafka

Published in: Études sartriennes


Studies on reader subjectivity are gaining ground in the field of literary studies, and Sartrean studies are increasingly focused on analyses of Sartre from the perspective of his readings. Francis Walsh's research contributes to both areas: Sartrean critique and reading theories. Walsh reframes the question of the reader's subjectivity based on the link between the notions of intimacy and commitment: Sartrean readings hold together the construct of individual identity and the reader's commitment to the social world. For Sartre, intimate self-transformation drives all authentic commitment. Literature is a mirror that distorts reality and in which subjects are able to understand themselves and the world they live in or, more specifically, understand their position as the subject of the narrative and society. Ultimately, the research serves to elucidate questions on the relationship between the individual and the collective.