Violette Leduc
Mothers, Lovers, and Language

Alex Hughes

MHRA Texts and Dissertations 37

W. S. Maney & Son Ltd for the Modern Humanities Research Association

1 January 1994  •  180pp

ISBN: 978-0-901286-41-3 (paperback)  •  RRP £25, $40

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This study, which reads Leduc's narratives from a feminist and psychoanalytic perspective, has a double focus:-

• Part One scrutinizes the intricacies of her treatment of feminine bonding, seeking to bring new insights - inspired inter alia by theorists such as Melanie Klein, Freud, and Luce Irigaray - to bear on her representations of mother/daughter and lesbian relations.

• Part Two examines Leduc's use of language in Thérèse et Isabelle, probing the extent to which this novella contains examples of feminist and/or 'feminine' discourse.

By exploring Leduc' s lyrical evocation of feminine homosexuality from both a gender-related and a more traditional, formalist standpoint, the writer exposes the limitations of a purely feminist approach to her work.

Bibliography entry:

Hughes, Alex, Violette Leduc: Mothers, Lovers, and Language, MHRA Texts and Dissertations, 37 (MHRA, 1994)

First footnote reference: 35 Alex Hughes, Violette Leduc: Mothers, Lovers, and Language, MHRA Texts and Dissertations, 37 (MHRA, 1994), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Hughes, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Hughes, Alex. 1994. Violette Leduc: Mothers, Lovers, and Language, MHRA Texts and Dissertations, 37 (MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Hughes 1994: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Hughes 1994: 21.

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