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By Leslie Hill

ISBN-10: 0415050472

ISBN-13: 9780415050470

Marguerite Duras is France's best-known and such a lot debatable modern lady author. Duras' impression extends from her early novels of the 1950's to her extensively leading edge experimental autobiographical textual content of the 1980's The Lover
Leslie Hill's booklet throws new gentle on Duras' dating to feminism, psychoanalysis, sexuality, literature, movie, politics, and the media. Feted via Kristeva, and Laca who claimed her as nearly his different self, Duras is published to be a profoundly transgressive philosopher and artist. it is going to be a needs to for all serious about modern writing, writing via girls, fresh ecu cinema, movie and literature.

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Without stopping, men have silenced women, and the insane, and slotted back into using yesterday’s language, and gone touting for yesterday’s theories to put into words and into narrative this wholly new event: May ’68, and explain it all away. [. ] No, men had to ruin everything and stop the flow of silence. I become very despondent when I think of this crime. Because that’s what it was, a crime committed by men. It was men who made me sick at the idea of political activism after ’68. ) Here, by joining in the call for women to develop their own language and their own specific forms of political organisation, Duras makes her own the demands of many feminists in the early 1970s.

Est-ce qu’ils sont fous? – Dans la vieillerie de la classification actuelle, on peut le penser. L’homme communiste de l’an 2069, qui disposera complètement de sa . . de sa liberté, de sa générosité, serait actuellement considéré comme un fou. Il serait interné. – Pourquoi juif allemand? – Il faut entendre: nous sommes tous des juifs allemands, nous sommes tous des étrangers. C’est un mot d’ordre de Mai. 29 (‘I’m in favour of closing down schools and universities. And of ignorance. ’ ‘Perhaps.

The real power to scandalise, Duras says, belongs to literature, not the author or writer. But by denying or displacing the accusation, Duras repeats and re-enacts it, and thereby endorses the assertion that her writing constitutes a transgressive act. And by claiming the scandal for herself – as a writer – Duras offends against the usual standards of propriety or modesty, and transgresses again. Duras’s affirmation performs its own meaning and becomes its own best demonstration. It is no longer possible to fail to be scandalised by Duras’s claims or denials (though one may well be irritated by their circularity).

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