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The Unintended Reader : Feminism and Manon Lescaut - Naomi Segal

The Unintended Reader

Feminism and Manon Lescaut

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Published: 9th December 2010
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This 1986 study of Manon Lescaut draws on various debates in the fields of psychoanalysis, feminism and literary criticism. It has two principal aims: to analyse this story of a young man's passion for a femme fatale as it is presented by the narrator; and to suggest ways in which feminist criticism can help explain how the text operates. The volume is in three parts. In Part I, Dr Segal offers a close reading of Manon Lescaut in which the narrator's relationship with language is the key issue. Part II considers four central themes which are present in the text's language and structure: money, the image of the woman, the concept of the double, and fatality. In the final part the author presents a feminist critique of Freud and Lacan, and develops thereby a fascinating version of the Oedipus Complex which is brought to bear on Manon Lescaut.

Acknowledgements
Note on references
Introduction
Prose pour Des Greieux
In which we meet Des Greieux and he meets Manon
In which Des Grieux practises to deceive
In which Des Greieux parts from father and fatherland
Love and death in America
Themes
Money
The woman
Doubles
Fatality
Theory
Freud: Lacan
Manon
Notes
Bibliography
Translations of the passages in French
Index
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ISBN: 9780521159289
ISBN-10: 0521159288
Series: Cambridge Studies in French
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 354
Published: 9th December 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.45