Fiction 2

A Constant Journey: The Fiction of Monique Wittig by Erika Ostrovsky

By Erika Ostrovsky

From the construction of a neuter pronoun in her earliest paintings, L’Opoponax, to the confusion of genres in her latest fiction, Virgile, non, Monique Wittig makes use of literary subversion and invention to complete what Erika Ostrovsky safely defines as renversement, the annihilation of present literary canons and the production of hugely cutting edge constructs. Erika Ostrovsky explores these facets of Wittig’s paintings that most sensible illustrate her literary method. one of the numerous innovative units that Wittig makes use of to accomplish renversement are the feminization of masculine gender names, the reorganization of delusion styles, and the alternative of conventional punctuation along with her personal procedure of grammatical emphasis and separation. it's the unforeseen volume and caliber of such literary units that make interpreting Monique Wittig’s fiction a clean and lucrative event. Such literary units have earned Wittig the acclaim of her critics and peers—Marguerite Duras, Mary McCarthy, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Nathalie Sarraute, and Claude Simon, to call a few. While examining the intrinsic price of every of Wittig’s fictions individually, Erika Ostrovsky strains the revolutionary improvement of Wittig’s significant literary units as they seem and reappear in her fictions. Ostrovsky continues that the seeds of these suggestions that seem in Wittig’s latest texts are available way back to L’Opoponax. This facts of development helps Ostrovsky’s conception that clues to Wittig’s destiny endeavors are available in her earlier.

Show description

Read or Download A Constant Journey: The Fiction of Monique Wittig (Crosscurrents Modern Critiques) PDF

Similar fiction_2 books

The Secret Journal of Dr Watson

At the so much mystery and hazardous project in their lives, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are despatched into the baby Soviet Union to rescue The Romanovs: Nicholas and Alexandra and their blameless youngsters. Will Holmes and Watson have the ability to swap background? Will they also be in a position to live to tell the tale?

Olivia (Logan Family, Book 5)

Olivia consistently knew her more youthful sister may get into difficulty. yet she by no means discovered the undercurrents of catastrophe could develop to a raging flood. .. .
Olivia was once constantly the practical one. The liable sister. She took after their father, a guy as chilly and pushed because the Cape Cod wind, a guy possessed via an internal have to be revered and winning. She will be the one to take over his million-dollar companies. She may turn into the unwavering compass and resilient caretaker of the Logan relations -- even if she desired to or not.
But Belinda belonged basically to herself. Flighty, flirtatious, and possessed of a attractiveness that promised her a privileged lifestyles, Belinda was once lavished with cognizance. father and mother, kin pals, boys from institution, all of them cherished Belinda. And as she matured right into a younger lady, her attractiveness turned much more haunting. She vowed by no means to develop up, to stay ceaselessly a fascinating little lady to be worshiped and cared for.
Then got here that fateful evening, whilst Olivia used to be woke up through the low whistle of the wind off the sea. .. a whistle that grew to become an unearthly wail coming from Belinda's bed room. It used to be the tragic evening that their father may forbid them to talk of ever back. The evening they might always remember. The evening that will ship generations of Logans down an unavoidable course of lies, deceit, and heartbreak.

Montano's Malady

The narrator of Montano’s Malady is a author named Jose who's so keen about literature that he reveals it most unlikely to tell apart among actual lifestyles and fictional fact. half picaresque novel, half intimate diary, half memoir and philosophical musings, Enrique Vila-Matas has created a labyrinth during which writers as numerous as Cervantes, Sterne, Kafka, Musil, Bolano, Coetzee, and Sebald pass perpetually stunning paths.

Singuliers voyageurs

Quatre personnages enfermés dans un espace restreint, un teach. Voilà les prémices de ce ambitious huis clos qui se déroule sur une période de vingt-quatre heures. A-t-on vraiment le temps de connaître quelqu'un dans ce courtroom laps de temps? Et si oui, que restera-t-il de cette rencontre une fois le voyage achevé?

Additional info for A Constant Journey: The Fiction of Monique Wittig (Crosscurrents Modern Critiques)

Example text

O: L'Opoponax. Paris: Editions de Minuit, 1964. " Feminist Issues 4, no. 4 (1984), 4549. V: Virgile, non. Paris: Editions de Minuit, 1985. Page 3 Prologue "Tout Geste Est Renversement" (Les Guérillères) Renversement, in all its multiplicity of meaningsupheaval, overthrow, reversal, and subversioncan be considered the key to Monique Wittig's writing. From the very start, Wittig's use of this concept has spelled the annihilation of existing literary canons and the creation of highly innovative constructs.

Other interesting examples of Wittig's work with language can be found in her use of verbs. In L'Opoponax, as has been seen, these are all in the present tense (except for one instance in the very last phrase). And whereas in a later work, Le Corps lesbien, she experiments with intransitive verbs and the passive voice, here the verbs are predominantly transitive and used in the active voice. This is a fitting choice since these verb forms aptly render the atemporal quality of childhood and the active nature of a child's life.

A scant five pages long and not easily available,9 it is nevertheless a key document that provides fundamental and invaluable insights into her entire work. Here, Wittig states her basic outlook, unequivocally defines her stance as a writer, and destroys a number of misconceptions that have frequently flawed discussions of her fictions. As a backward glance by an author at his/her own writingafter having reached maturity as an artistit is as valuable for the critic as, for example, Céline's Entretiens avec le Professeur Y, Ionesco's Notes et contrenotes, and Sarraute's L'Ere du soupçon.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.86 of 5 – based on 12 votes