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Ann Martin and Kathryn Holland

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780989082624

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780989082624.001.0001

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Virginia Woolf and Clarice Lispector

Virginia Woolf and Clarice Lispector

Thinking Back Through Brazilian Mothers

(p.190) Virginia Woolf and Clarice Lispector
Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf

Maria Aparecida de Oliveira

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the affinities between the Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector and Virginia Woolf through the work of Hélène Cixous. It suggests that Woolf and Lispector, although separated in time and space, shared the same conceptions about the process of writing/reading and the unsettled boundaries of fiction. In their battle between words and silence, the two authors go beyond the limits of language and write with their bodies by printing words as if they were painters. In so doing, they are giving voice to their unique experience of female jouissance, which can be understood, by the reader, as feminist pouissance. Both Woolf and Lispector revolutionized language and the notions of genre to escape the restraints of a patriarchal narrative.

Keywords:   fiction, Clarice Lispector, Hélène Cixous, writing, reading, language, jouissance, pouissance, genre

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