Gendered Resistance

Author: Valerie Baisnee,Valérie Baisnée

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042001091

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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Four major women's autobiographies of the twentieth century are discussed together here for the first time. Valérie Baisnée reinterprets the autobiographical writing of Simone De Beauvoir, Maya Angelou, Janet Frame and Marguerite Duras, finding some striking similarities in these women's resistance to a conservative order. Deploying a variety of theoretical approaches, from linguistic to Marxist, Baisnée endeavours to break the restrictive patterns of author-centred studies, to go beyond simple oppositions between truth and fiction, and to dispense with the facile interpretation of these texts as confessional. For Valérie Baisnée, Autobiography is meant to represent not the true but the official version of a life, signed by the author herself and revered as hagiography by the public. ... Instead of analysing women's autobiographies as confessional, it is possible to see this mode of discourse as a means to counteract the effect of exposure of women's private lives. By revealing their past, however painful it may be, the four autobiographers studied in this book also enhance their present strength, and therefore underline the political nature of the autobiography.

Writing Against Death

Author: Susan Bainbrigge

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042018453

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 246

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Aims to re-evaluate Simone de Beauvoir's extensive autobiographical ouvre, exploring its place in relation to the French autobiographical canon. This study presents readings, which engage critically with existentialism, feminist theory, and autobiographystudies generally, in particular focusing on the question of 'autothanatography'.

The Mother In/and French Literature

Author: Buford Norman

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042007109

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 233

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The essays in this volume investigate maternity and the figure of the mother in French literature from France, Switzerland, Quebec and Africa, from the seventeenth century to the present. Drawing on cultural history, psychoanalysis, and feminist theory, as well as more traditional methods, they present maternity as a source of frustration and of joy, mothers as repressed and revered, daughters as wounded and loving, sons as domineering and dependent. Indeed, few things are simple where mothers — and especially where writing about mothers — are concerned.

Discourse Dynamics

Author: Sara Sanchez

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443825360

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 270

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This volume presents a reasoned study of the discourse connectives of attainment of the French language. For the most part, the studies on connectives are based on referentialist descriptive frameworks, which are sustained more or less explicitly on what we have called the general problem of causality, the epistemological foundation of a scientific paradigm which has been used for centuries but which, in our opinion, is now outdated. In the first place, we have submitted this old paradigm to critical debate, showing the limits of its scientific validity. Next, we have placed ourselves in a non-referentialist linguistic framework, the Theory of Argumentation in the Language-System, developed by the French linguist Oswald Ducrot, in which we have formulated a new descriptive proposal for discourse connectives, taking into account both the argumentative configuration and the polyphonic configuration of each of the discourse dynamics generated around a given connective. We have described the argumentative configuration in terms of semantic blocks, and the polyphonic configuration in terms of discourse algorithms, original and innovative heuristic instruments with which we attempt to stimulate a new approach to language more in line with the general scientific approaches of the 21st century, and with the new scientific paradigm which is currently valid.

Encyclopedia of Literary Translation Into English: A-L

Author: O. Classe,[Anonymus AC02468681]

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781884964367

Category: Reference

Page: 1714

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Includes articles about translations of the works of specific authors and also more general topics pertaining to literary translation.

Simone de Beauvoir on Woman

Author: Jean Leighton

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838615041

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 230

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A comparative study of the attitudes toward, ideas about, and portrayals of women and their roles in the French writer's novels, autobiographical volumes, and The Second Sex

Simone de Beauvoir

Author: Stephanie Bung

Publisher: N.A



Page: 248

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