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Research Article

La chair linguistique des femmes


Quand le texte se fait corps et sexe

Fabiana Fianco    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    


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abstract

At length stripped of any free and independent voice by male writers, Haitian and African novelists shattered the taboos surrounding sex and a liberated sexual expression during the second half of the 20th century. By exploring sexuality and sensuality in their work, these writers courageously managed to break free from the outskirts of society and reshape the inferior identity unjustly attributed to them by the literary canons. As there is a gap in in-depth research on this subject, our study aims to explore the different ways in which female sexuality is constructed on paper. The novels by Calixthe Beyala, Frieda Ekotto, Ken Bugul, Margaret Papillon, Yanick Lahens and Kettly Mars will allow us to focus on three themes often recurring in the female universe: violence, madness and prostitution. Particularly, the research will take into consideration the enunciative and discursive modalities, as well as the stylistic techniques that enabled these authors to enhance a strong female subjectivity through their bodies.

Keywords: Haitian female literature. African female literature. Sexuality and corporality. Enunciation. Stylistics.

Language: fr

Submitted: Aug. 21, 2019
Accepted: Sept. 11, 2019
Published: Dec. 19, 2019

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/Tol/2499-5975/2019/01/020

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License 

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