The rebellious female body : L'autre, autobiography, violence and rhizome subjectivities. A contemporary textual study of postcolonial transgressional women's writings

Titre The rebellious female body : L'autre, autobiography, violence and rhizome subjectivities. A contemporary textual study of postcolonial transgressional women's writings
Type de publication Thèse et mémoire
Langue principale de la publication anglais
Année de soutenance 2008
Auteur Gladys M. FRANCIS
Directeur de recherche Antonio D. TILLIS
Nombre de pages 229
Université Purdue University
Ville West Lafayette
Genre étude - essai
Pays de soutenance États-Unis
URL http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/dissertations/AAI3343971/
Résumé/Présentation "This doctoral thesis examines the emergence of a postcolonial, revolutionary female voice in Francophone literature. It explores the representations of the rebellious rhizomatic suffering-female body ; through the use of an interdisciplinary approach convoking colonial, contemporary and scientific texts, as well as art works of the Avant Garde, Western feminists' critic works, autobiographical and filmic texts. Finally, this doctoral thesis investigates Gabonese literary texts as seen in selected works of Justine Mintsa and Angèle Rawiri. The works analyzed in this study present female characters whose bodies are violated by patriarchal societies and by women themselves, as these complex female characters try to overcome traditional and modern demands of male-centered cultures. This work highlights the socio-political misplacements of the suffering-female-body, focusing on the primacy of female desires and pleasure. This study argues that transgressional women?s writing marks the presence of alterity in identity and reveals the performative body as a space of violence. In so doing, the heterogeneous dialogues merging from the suffering-female-body are analyzed through a vigorous examination revealing that the performative body serves to challenge concepts of the world by heightening the awareness of the oppressive structures within it. Additionally, this study centers on the female character and her new relations to the 'other' representations of female subjectivity (as a sterile mother, a prostitute etc.). In this manner, are illustrated and analyzed, the ways in which she reaffirms or discovers her desires and finds new ways to adapt or reconfigure herself in the in-betweeness space. Exploring the dualistic relationship encountered on writings by Gabonese women vis-à-vis the African tradition in literature and their reception or exclusion within the mainstream frameworks, it is argued that Mintsa and Rawiri destroy boundaries through the use of a polyphonic and pol."
Référence complète Francis, Gladys M.. The rebellious female body: L'autre, autobiography, violence and rhizome subjectivities. A contemporary textual study of postcolonial transgressional women's writings. [Thèse de doctorat en littérature comparée, sous la direction de] Antonio D. Tillis. Université de Purdue / Purdue University., 2008, 229 p. Soutenance : 2008. Jury : Thomas Broden, Raphaël Confiant, Nadege Veldwachter.

Auteurs

Gladys M. FRANCIS

Biographie : Dr. Gladys M. Francis is a native of Guadeloupe. As Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Georgia State University, she devotes her time to research, teaching, and (public) service. As the Director of the South Atlantic Center of the Institute of the Americas, she coordinates programs, produces and promotes research in the Humanities and Social Sciences between scholars, activists, and artists based in Europe, the southeastern region of the United States, the Caribbean, and South America. She also serves as an Executive Editorial Board Member and Academic Adviser of the Serendipity’s Publication Department (De Montfort University in the United Kingdom). http://www2.gsu.edu/~mclgmf/
Nationalité : France