Les Lettres Romanes vol:68 issue:1-2 pages:265-287
In this article, the exhibition Tire la langue (1990) is analyzed from a functionalist perspective. Based on theoretical and methodological insights from Even-Zohar and Toury, the examination of this exhibition – an often neglected medium in literary studies – sheds a new light on a recent, significant and influential moment in the evolution of Belgian French language literature. An in-depth analysis of the presentation and selection of the fragments lays bare the essentialist norms that underlie the self-description of Belgian literature as irregular in this exhibition. By placing Tire la langue in its synchronic and diachronic context, the conditions leading to its manifestation and its discursive construction can be comprehended.