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Politics and Narratives of Birth : Gynocolonization from Rousseau to Zola - Carol A. Mossman

Politics and Narratives of Birth

Gynocolonization from Rousseau to Zola

Hardcover Published: 25th June 1993
ISBN: 9780521415866
Number Of Pages: 272

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This book is a feminist analysis which combines a psychoanalytic perspective on catastrophic birth with the politics of reproduction in the emergent democracy of nineteenth-century France. It focuses on three major thinkers whose personal relation to origins is problematic, Rousseau, Constant, and Stendhal and also includes a broad reading of the nineteenth-century novel within the frame of pathological generation, giving special attention to works by Michelet and Zola. Professor Mossman identifies important areas of interaction between production and reproduction at the level of aesthetic form, and between private, birth-related discourse and the ideology of the birth of democracy. Within the context of the collapse of ancien regime France, the nascent ideology of motherhood collides with modes of discourse that invade and colonise the maternal body, generating a considerable burden of anxiety expressed in the nineteenth-century French novel.

"Mossman's presentation, while demanding, rewards the reader by providing an innovative contribution to feminist criticism. Her study has the merit of introducing a measure of balance to traditional interpretations of nineteenth-century fiction that focus on the father." Hollie Markland Harder, Nineteenth-Century French Studies

Acknowledgements
A note on translations
Introduction: conception of this book
Stendhal: Delivering a Plot
Death and transfiguration in the Vie de Henry Brulard
Palimpsest and pregnancy: reading across Stendhalian autobiography
Stendhalian fictions: plotting the unspeakable
Production, Reproductions and Narrative Form: Adolphe
Introduction
The economy of production: the paternal and narrative form
Reproduction: (de)composing mother
Rebirth and the performance of matricide
Gynocolonization: Rousseau, Michelet, Zolar and the Nineteenth-Century French Novel
Introduction: toward a bodied politics
For unto us a son is born: Emile
Birthing the body politic: Du contrat social
The politic in the body Rousseau: Emile revisited and 'La Reigne Fantasque'
Introduction: birth, motherhood and the disease of democracy
The flesh made word: Enfants du siFcle and pathologies of reproduction in the nineteenth-century French novel
Liberty, equality, maternity: Michelet as body snatcher
Into Africa: Zola and gynocolonization
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521415866
ISBN-10: 0521415861
Series: Cambridge Studies in French
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 25th June 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.5