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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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Female Homoerotics and Lesbian Textuality in the Work of Marguerite Duras

Female Homoerotics and Lesbian Textuality in the Work of Marguerite Duras

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(p.155) Chapter 8 Female Homoerotics and Lesbian Textuality in the Work of Marguerite Duras
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Revisioning Duras
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Renate Günther

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853235460.003.0009

Love and desire are prominent themes in Marguerite Duras's work and have been interpreted by critics from a largely heterosexual perspective. Drawing on contemporary lesbian theory, however, a lesbian subtext underlies the overt heterosexuality in the texts. This subtext constantly features female couples and the figure of the female double in texts such as L'amant, Moderato cantabile, La femme du Gange, and L'amant de la Chine du Nord. While lesbian desire figures in some of these texts in explicitly sexual terms, female homoeroticism in Duras's work generally seems to be more diffuse and fluid. This chapter examines the lesbian aspects of three texts by Duras: Détruire dit-elle, La femme du Gange, and L'amant de la Chine du Nord. It considers the representations of love between women in these texts and the presence of certain textual patterns that reflect lesbian textuality in Duras.

Keywords:   Marguerite Duras, lesbian theory, heterosexuality, lesbian desire, female homoeroticism, Détruire dit-elle, femme du Gange, Chine du Nord, textuality, female couples

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