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- DescriptionTheophile Gautier explores language in Mademoiselle de Maupin; therein lies his modernity. He is seeking a language that can express a truth that is t partial and therefore embeds in the vel the mythic figure of the androgyne to evoke a theory of perfect expression, or the androgyus discourse. Gautier has this recalcitrant referent hovering in the interstices of repetitions and the interplay of signs to demonstrate that the androgyne is n-demonstrable but that it exists as an idea and that the text of the androgyne is a narrative on the irremediable limitations of language. Gautier's concern in Mademoiselle de Maupin, however, is t limited to the expression of the writer's inevitable frustration when confronted with the unrepresentable. He also gives voice to a longing which is larger in scope, namely, the wish for completeness in oneself. The myth of the androgyne, evoked in Mademoiselle de Maupin, serves to point to the universal story of the human striving for wholeness.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Marlene Barsoum is Assistant Professor of French at Hunter College, City University of New York. She received her Ph.D. in French literature from Columbia University. She has published articles on Egyptian Francophone literature, particularly on the works of Andree Chedid.
- Author(s)Marlene Barsoum
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication01/09/2001
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleCurrents in Comparative Romance Languages & Literatures
- Series Part/Volume Number102
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Weight350 g
- Width160 mm
- Height230 mm
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