Ecrire en tant que femme : un défi pour la cohérence et la conclusion et une exploration de multiples identités dans des textes écrits par des femmes anglophones.

par Marie belle Saroufim (Gereige)

Projet de thèse en Études anglophones

Sous la direction de Claire Bazin.

Thèses en préparation à Paris 10 , dans le cadre de Ecole doctorale Lettres, langues, spectacles (Nanterre) depuis le 11-12-2009 .

  • Résumé

    The purpose of this paper is to discuss experiences of oppression lived by women writers and the development of aspects of resistance and protest in their texts. for this reason, i will develop a feminist study of doris lessing's the golden notebook , and isak dinesen's “the blank page” which will help proving that these texts reflect the story of women exclusion from culture, their inferiority in western patriarchal society. the reaction of women takes the form of an explicit protest in the golden notebook or a masked resistance in “the blank page”. in the theoretical part, i will discuss relevant feminist theories that have proved that women were excluded from culture and language, and had occupied the negative pole of the binary oppositions of patriarchal values. in order to survive oppression, they developed an act of resistance or protest in their texts. they were searching for their own identities by presenting women's view of life, and by challenging the rules of fiction imposed on them. consequently, they write beyond the idea of unity, coherence and conclusion. they explode the sign system in order to destabilize meaning. in the practical part, i want to prove that the golden notebook is a protest against the rules of fiction. the text is not coherent, the characters are not static and do not have fixed identities; the signifiers do not have the conventional meanings. it is full of ambiguities and contradictions which accompanied women's search for identity. in “the blank page”, i want to prove that isak dinesen has challenged the patriarchal rules and has developed an act of resistance against oppression by concealing the storyteller's point of view and the princess' story. it is an open-ended text which avoids rigid definitions and challenges ideologies.

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