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Constant Becoming: Innocence as Antidote to Purity in Michel Tournier’s Writing

From both Eastern and Western cultures and a wide spectrum of disciplines, the pursuit of purity is omnipresent. This pursuit can do more harm then good as soon as it degenerates into an ideological belief. In this work I will demonstrate and analyze MichelTournier’s critical stance on purity throughout his novels and essays while showing how “innocence”, from a perspective of constant becoming, becomes an antidote in his writing.

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