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Secrets de femmes dans trois romans de Calixthe Beyala, Claire Castillon et Carole Martinez
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9416-5150
2016 (French)In: Le Secret de famille dans le roman contemporain / [ed] Patricia Bissa Enama & Nathalie Fontane Wacker, Clerment-Ferrand: CELIS, Collection "Littératures" , 2016, 123-137 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

When the narrator of Femme nue, femme noire claims that she wants to know how women become pregnant because some words do not exist where she lives, she points out the opacity and the secrecy that surround women's intimacy. This article highlights matters which are related to the symbolism and the imagery of women's physiological and affective conditions in three novels : Femme nue, femme noire (2003) by Calixthe Beyala, Vous parler d'elle (2004) by Claire Castillon and  Le cœur cousu (2007) by Carole Martinez. All three novels are stories about women who are excluded or who withdraw from their social origins for reasons involving sexuality. This subject as well as that of maternity, both of which are intimate experiences unveiled by the narrators, are analysed and discussed, mainly in the light of Kristeva's theories. The repressed rebellion of the heroines and their struggle to shape intimate situations into words raise the question of women's subordination to a masculine order and show that there exists a discrepancy between the protagonists' sexual drive and the symbolic language that governs social discourse.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Clerment-Ferrand: CELIS, Collection "Littératures" , 2016. 123-137 p.
Keyword [en]
women intimacy, sexuality, maternity, silence
Keyword [fr]
intimité féminine, non-dit, maternité, sexualité
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Romance Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-270088ISBN: 978-2-84516-719-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-270088DiVA: diva2:885912
Available from: 2015-12-21 Created: 2015-12-21 Last updated: 2016-01-26

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