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James S. Williams

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235460

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313943

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Life and Death Upon the Page: Marguerite Duras and Roland Barthes

Life and Death Upon the Page: Marguerite Duras and Roland Barthes

(p.171) Chapter 9 Life and Death Upon the Page: Marguerite Duras and Roland Barthes
Revisioning Duras

James Creech

Liverpool University Press

In France, homosexuality has not received the credit it deserves as an important element in literature and its production. Marguerite Duras showcases in her work the homophobic potential that lies within postmodern versions of French universalism. This chapter examines her attitudes towards Roland Barthes, a gay man. In his review of Edmund White's biography of Marcel Proust, Peter Ackroyd offers a classic example of critical legerdemain that is lethal for gay authors and which relates to the anti-homosexual tactics of Duras. Barthes never alluded to his sexuality, either personally or explicitly, in his published writings. Duras had a few things to say about différence and about Barthes. In La maladie de la mort, a narrator tells of an encounter between a homosexual man and a straight woman in the typical Durassian manner.

Keywords:   France, homosexuality, Marguerite Duras, Roland Barthes, Peter Ackroyd, différence, maladie de mort

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