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Modernism, self-creation, and the maternal : the mother's son

Author: James Martell
Publisher: New York, NY ; Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2019.
Series: Among the Victorians and modernists, v. 17.
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Focusing on their conception and use of the notion of the mother, Modernism, Self-Creation, and the Maternal proposes a new interpretation of literature by modernist authors like Rousseau, Baudelaire, Poe, Rimbaud, Rilke, Joyce, and Beckett. Seen through this maternal relation, their writing appears as the product of an "anxiety" rising not from paternal influence, but from the violence done to their mother in their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Martell
ISBN: 9780429200861 0429200862 9780429577369 0429577362 9780429573149 0429573146 9780429575259 0429575254
OCLC Number: 1107493591
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; Half Title; Series Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication Page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 The Anxiety of the Son; Incorporating Metis; As Many Matricides as Sons; 2 Baudelaire's Mother as Counterfeit Coin; The Inherited Coin; The Conseil Judiciaire; Birth and Death of the Mother and Son; The Conseil as Purloined Letter; 3 The Age of Grammatology and the Epoch of the Writer-Son; We Were Born in 1967, 1712, and 1765-67; New Rule of Life; Morella Modernist Mother; 4 Writing without Matricide; Who Writes (I) in Literature, Philosophy, and Psychoanalysis White Agony, Youthful Urgency, Dawn ItselfSans Alibi: Without Other Place; The Tongue Rests In; 5 The Logic of Pregnancy, Beckett's Œuvre Inside Glas; After the Singular Step; Mothers Pregnant with Each Other; The Effects of AgGLutination; The Theatre of Theory and Its Procession; The Living Remains: The Proper Names; The Mimetic Rhythm as Theoretical Site; Blind Remains: Conceiving Thought; 6 Writing as Image: The Maternal Tattoo; With Her Eyes; Idiomatic Images: Irezumi; Index
Series Title: Among the Victorians and modernists, v. 17.
Responsibility: James Martell.

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Focusing on their conception and use of the notion of the mother, Modernism, Self-Creation, and the Maternal proposes a new interpretation of literature by modernist authors like Rousseau, Baudelaire, Poe, Rimbaud, Rilke, Joyce, and Beckett. Seen through this maternal relation, their writing appears as the product of an "anxiety" rising not from paternal influence, but from the violence done to their mother in their attempts at self-creation through writing. In order to bring to light this modernist violence, this study analyzes these authors in tandem with Derrida's work on the gender-specific violence of the Western philosophical and literary tradition. The book demonstrates how these writer-sons wrote their works in a constant crisis vis-à-vis the mother's body as site of both origin and dissolution. It proves how, if modernism was first established as a patrilineal heritage, it was ultimately written on the bodies of women and mothers, confusing them in order to appropriate their generative traits.

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