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In uncertain terms: mothering without guilt in Marie Darrieussecq’s 'Le Mal de mer' and Christine Angot’s 'Léonore, toujours'


This article addresses the issue of maternal guilt, by focusing on contemporary French literature - 'Le Mal de mer' (1999) by Marie Darrieussecq and 'Léonore, toujours' (1994) by Christine Angot, in which mothers refuse to compromise their own needs. It argues that, in their respective expressions of what is arguably guilt-free mothering, both texts using uncertainty tempt the readers’ judgement of the mothers’ mothering, on the one hand, while, on the other, they work against the formulation of a negative judgement. Thus they confront readers with their own prejudices and invite a productive interrogation of mothering itself.

Rye, Gill (2005) In uncertain terms: mothering without guilt in Marie Darrieussecq’s 'Le Mal de mer' and Christine Angot’s 'Léonore, toujours'. L'Esprit Createur, 45 (1). pp. 5-15. ISSN 0014-0767


Item Type:Article
Additional Information:This is a post-peer-reviewed, pre-copyedited version of the article originally published in 'A New Generation: Sex, Gender and Creativity in Contemporary Women’s Writing in French', ed. Gill Rye, special issue of L’Esprit Créateur 45.1 (Spring 2005), pp.5-15; an extended and further developed version subsequently appeared as a chapter in Gill Rye, Narratives of Mothering: Women’s Writing in Contemporary France (Newark DE: University of Delaware Press, 2009).
Subjects:Culture, Language & Literature
Keywords:maternal guilt, narratives of mothering, Christine Angot, Marie Darrieussecq, uncertainty in literature
Divisions:Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies > Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing
Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies
Collections:IGRS Staff Papers
Deposited By:Gill Rye
Date Deposited:08 Sep 2011 14:43
Last Modified:08 Sep 2011 14:43
ItemID:3125
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