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Ambiguïté dans le féminin et le masculin.: Une étude de L'Amant et de L'Amant de la Chine du Nord de Marguerite Duras
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.
2014 (French)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Ambiguity in feminity and masculinity. : A study of L'Amant de la Chine du Nord by Marguerite Duras (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to explore the manifestations and representations of masculinity and feminity in two novels of Marguerite Duras from a gender studies perspective. We will first review the traditional place of masculine and feminine stereotypes in the phallocentric order, basing our research on Bourdieu’s and Badinter’s work about the role of men and women in our society. Regarding the topic of sexual identity, our theoretical background will include feminist theories as Judith Butler’s gender performativity concept as well as Luce Irigaray’s notion of mimesis. The philosophy part can also give important clues for the interpretation of both male and female sentimental and sexual behavior: the work of the philosopher Michel Onfray, in particular his theory called "solar erotic", will help us to reveal the characteristics of Duras’ erotic writing. The results of our analysis show that both characters in the two novels present an ambiguous sexual identity: they seem to hesitate between the social obligation relative to their gender and the need of acting according to their own nature (androgyny of the Chinese). Our analysis shows the possibility of a deconstruction of the gender as well as a tendency to what Butler calls the subversion of identity. The exploration of Duras’ erotic writing seems to confirm those results, demonstrating the power of feminine desire and sexual pleasure in opposition to masculine sentimental pain and fragility.

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2014. , 30 p.
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Gender studies, androgyny, gender performativity, mimesis, solar erotic, sexual difference.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-115492OAI: diva2:797782
Available from: 2015-04-14 Created: 2015-03-25 Last updated: 2015-04-14Bibliographically approved

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