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Janet Frame : le féminin et la marge

Abstract : The purpose of this dissertation is to focus on the relationship between centre and margin which is at the heart of Janet Frame’s novels, and to show how, in her works, the margin is the locus where an alternative to dominant language can emerge. I will see how this alternative manifests itself as the use of a language that can be referred to as « feminine », as the term is understood by such theorists as Cixous and Irigaray, meaning a more flexible and fluid form of language, with the coexistence of contraries as one of its main principles. This alternative both takes the shape of a deconstruction of dominant languge, as well as an attempt to define a new language alto- gether. Frame conceives of the margin essentially as a space. By looking at the development of this space, from the psychiatric hospitals where her first novels are set, to the spaces inhabited by the different artist figures who appear in her later works (such as the « Maniototo » or « Mirror City »), I’ll study the evolution of the marginal condition, as well as the different forms of subver- sion that are displayed in her works.
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Alice Braun. Janet Frame : le féminin et la marge. Etudes sur le genre. Université Paris X-Nanterre, 2008. Français. ⟨tel-01656695⟩

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