Excess and transgression in Simone de Beauvoir's fiction: the discourse of madness

Holland, Alison (2009) Excess and transgression in Simone de Beauvoir's fiction: the discourse of madness. Ashgate, Farnham. ISBN 9780754651529

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Abstract

Alison Holland’s innovative book fills a gap in Beauvoir studies by focusing on the writer’s frequently neglected novels and short stories, L’Invitée, Les Mandarins, Les Belles Images, and La Femme rompue. In illuminating the density and rich complexity of Beauvoir’s style, Holland challenges the often accepted view that Beauvoir’s writing is flat, detached, and controlled, revealing, rather, that her prose is frequently disrupted and inflected by forceful emotion. Holland shows that excess and transgression are intrinsic qualities of the texts, and argues that Beauvoir’s textual strategies duplicate madness in her fiction. Holland’s reading of Beauvoir’s fiction demonstrates the extent to which Beauvoir’s fiction undermines an ideologically patriarchal position on language. Her study is important not only for its re-evaluation of Beauvoir as a fiction writer but for its contribution to the wider debate on madness and literature.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Q300 English studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
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Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2010 12:49
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2016 12:03
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/683

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