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Avortements et violences maternelles dans les œuvres de Lorette Nobécourt

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The female characters in Lorette Nobécourt’s works have to cope with a multitude of types of violence: physical and verbal violence, rapes, miscarriages and abortions. A wide range of maternal relationships within the canon of her work showcase the notion of a repetition of ambivalent, violent relationships with maternity through a female genealogy, which is characterized by suffering stemming from miscarriages and abortions. Motherhood is in fact at the centre of Nobécourt’s traumatic representations, shown both as a celebration and a desecration of maternity and maternal violence. She undertakes a re-evaluation of the representations of both femininity and maternity. The aim of this article is to analyze how Nobécourt’s works enable the creation of a space for thought and of re-appropriation of the female body and of the discourses surrounding it, redefining the subject ‘woman’.
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Keywords: avortement; généalogie féminine; maternité; ravage; répétition; transmission traumatique; violence

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Université Paris VIII

Publication date: 2012-12-10

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