Title

The Mother Mirror: Self-Representation and the Mother-Daughter Relation in Colette, Simone de Beauvoir, and Marguerite Duras

Document Type

Book

Publication Date

2001

Publisher

Peter Lang International Academic Publishers

Edition/Version

Second

ISBN/ISSN

978-0820455952

Abstract

In The Mother Mirror, Laurie Corbin studies the mother-daughter relationships portrayed in autobiographical works by Colette, Simone de Beauvoir, and Marguerite Duras. Psychoanalytic theory, in particular the work of Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva, is used to show how women’s self-representations can be determined by the ways in which they see their mothers. Corbin’s feminist theoretical framework illuminates both the psychological and the social contexts of these autobiographical works, showing that even the most intimate relationships are shaped by social structures and that social reality is dependent on the workings of the psyche.

Disciplines

French and Francophone Literature

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