Writing in the feminine in French and English Canada : a question of ethics /
Marie Carrière.
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Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2002.
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viii, 243 p.
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0802036201
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Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 2002.
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0802036201
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Online version licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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4683583
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Marie Carriere is an assistant professor in the Department of French at the University of New Brunswick
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-06-01:
From its founding days, Canada has included two unique cultures--English and French. Carriere (French, Univ. of New Brunswick) traces psychoanalytic theory, modern ethics, and feminism in both literary traditions. She examines five writers--Nicole Brossard, France Theoret, Di Brandt, Erin Moure, and Lola Lemire Tostevin--discussing them from the perspectives of feminist theorists Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva, Helene Cixous, Kelly Oliver, and Jessica Benjamin. Among the topics examined are matters of sexual difference, female subjectivity, and mother-daughter relations. Chapter 1 traces 20th-century developments in Canada's feminine writing, focusing on English Canada's literary renaissance in poetry and the influence of US beat poetry and the influence of Continential thinkers (philosophers, linguistics, and psychoanalysts) on Quebec's writers. Both traditions led feminist Canadians toward attacks on patriarchal structures and the promotion of women's ways of viewing the world. Carriere examines the rich multiplicity of modern feminist Canadian writings and posits faith in the development of "maternalism," a mother-like climate of socializing space as a model of relational ethics. Joining a literature that includes Linda Hutcheon's The Canadian Postmodern (CH, Jun'89) and Caroline Bayard's The New Poetics in Canada and Quebec (1989), this volume includes useful notes, index, and works cited. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate and research collections supporting modernism and North American belles lettres. S. A. Parker emerita, Hiram College
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This important work considers the contemporary movement of "writing in the feminine", by examining the work of five women writers from French and English Canada and the dialogue therein with feminist and psychoanalytic theory and theories of ethics. Informing the author's interpretations are the ideas of French theorists Emmanuel Levinas, Paul Ricoeur, Luce Irigaray, and Julia Kristeva, as well as American feminists Kelly Oliver and Jessica Benjamin. Marie CarriFre explores the unfolding, complex questions of sexual difference, female subjectivity, and mother-daughter relations. She also uncovers and examines the occasional breakdown of the feminist ethics postulated by Nicole Brossard, France Theoret, Di Brandt, Erin MourT, and Lola Lemire Tostevin. CarriFre views these instances of deviation not as a failure of writing in the feminine, but as an inevitability in the relatively new intellectual terrain of feminist ethics. Writing in the Femininewill be of great interest to scholars of literary theory, women's studies, and Canadian literature in French and English. As a challenging study of the connections between gender and authorship, it will also appeal to those who have a particular interest in women's literature.
Description for Reader
This important work considers the contemporary movement of "writing in the feminine", by examining the work of five women writers from French and English Canada and the dialogue therein with feminist and psychoanalytic theory and theories of ethics. Informing the author's interpretations are the ideas of French theorists Emmanuel Levinas, Paul Ricoeur, Luce Irigaray, and Julia Kristeva, as well as American feminists Kelly Oliver and Jessica Benjamin.Marie CarriFre explores the unfolding, complex questions of sexual difference, female subjectivity, and mother-daughter relations. She also uncovers and examines the occasional breakdown of the feminist ethics postulated by Nicole Brossard, France Theoret, Di Brandt, Erin MourT, and Lola Lemire Tostevin. CarriFre views these instances of deviation not as a failure of writing in the feminine, but as an inevitability in the relatively new intellectual terrain of feminist ethics.Writing in the Femininewill be of great interest to scholars of literary theory, women's studies, and Canadian literature in French and English. As a challenging study of the connections between gender and authorship, it will also appeal to those who have a particular interest in women's literature.
Main Description
This important work considers the contemporary movement of "writing in the feminine", by examining the work of five women writers from French and English Canada and the dialogue therein with feminist and psychoanalytic theory and theories of ethics. Informing the author's interpretations are the ideas of French theorists Emmanuel Levinas, Paul Ricoeur, Luce Irigaray, and Julia Kristeva, as well as American feminists Kelly Oliver and Jessica Benjamin. Marie Carrire explores the unfolding, complex questions of sexual difference, female subjectivity, and mother-daughter relations. She also uncovers and examines the occasional breakdown of the feminist ethics postulated by Nicole Brossard, France Theoret, Di Brandt, Erin Mour, and Lola Lemire Tostevin. Carrire views these instances of deviation not as a failure of writing in the feminine, but as an inevitability in the relatively new intellectual terrain of feminist ethics. Writing in the Feminine will be of great interest to scholars of literary theory, women's studies, and Canadian literature in French and English. As a challenging study of the connections between gender and authorship, it will also appeal to those who have a particular interest in women's literature.
Main Description
This important work considers the contemporary movement of "writing in the feminine", by examining the work of five women writers from French and English Canada and the dialogue therein with feminist and psychoanalytic theory and theories of ethics. Informing the author's interpretations are the ideas of French theorists Emmanuel Levinas, Paul Ricoeur, Luce Irigaray, and Julia Kristeva, as well as American feminists Kelly Oliver and Jessica Benjamin. Marie Carrière explores the unfolding, complex questions of sexual difference, female subjectivity, and mother-daughter relations. She also uncovers and examines the occasional breakdown of the feminist ethics postulated by Nicole Brossard, France Theoret, Di Brandt, Erin Mouré, and Lola Lemire Tostevin. Carrière views these instances of deviation not as a failure of writing in the feminine, but as an inevitability in the relatively new intellectual terrain of feminist ethics. Writing in the Feminine will be of great interest to scholars of literary theory, women's studies, and Canadian literature in French and English. As a challenging study of the connections between gender and authorship, it will also appeal to those who have a particular interest in women's literature.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 3
Poetics, Ethics, and Writing in the Feminine
Introduction to Writing in the Femininep. 11
Ecrire au femininp. 18
Writing in the Femininep. 23
Writing (As) a Feminist Ethicsp. 31
Mothers and Daughters
Resurrecting the (M)Other: Nicole Brossardp. 61
Questioning the Mother: Di Brandtp. 72
Performing Hysteria: France Theoretp. 85
Mothertongues
Tracing the (M)Other: Erin Mourep. 103
Mothering Text: Lola Lemire Tostevinp. 116
Beyond Ethics
An Ethics of Selfhood: Theoret and Tostevinp. 133
The Paradox of Ontologyp. 134
The Writing Musep. 150
An Ethics of Love: Brandt, Moure, and Brossardp. 166
Liminality and Transcendencep. 167
Perfecting the Otherp. 176
Limits and Possibilitiesp. 189
Conclusionp. 207
Notesp. 211
Works Citedp. 219
Creditsp. 233
Indexp. 235
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