A new amorous body: Writing the body at the time of the (French) women’s LIB

Anne Emmanuelle Berger

Abstract

Looking back at literary writings produced in the seventies by some of the women engaged in the French Women’s liberation movement, and more specifically at the way the body and bodies were at once celebrated, figured and dismantled in a number of these texts, I argue that a proto-queer de-normativization and reconceptualization of the body with respect to «sex» and sexual duality was already at work at the time, on both a political and aesthetic level. A serious look back at the writings of that period challenges the widespread view that women writers of that time tended to hold on to an essentialist or naturalistic notion of women’s writing.

Keywords

Women’s lib literature; Erogenous body; Visceral body; Insurgent body; Deranged body; Gendered looks

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14198/fem.2019.34.05





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