Michael Danahy (essay date 1988)
SOURCE: “Marceline Desbordes-Valmore and the Engendered Canon,” in Yale French Studies, Vol. 75, 1988, pp. 129-47.
[In the following essay, Danahy explores Desbordes-Valmore's relationship as a woman writer to the highly gendered poetic canon.]
Les femmes, je le sais, ne doivent pas ecrire; J'écris pourtant
—Marceline Desbordes-Valmore (Une Lettre de femme)
Freud thought that all men unconsciously wished to beget themselves, to be their own fathers in place of their phallic fathers and so “rescue” their mothers from erotic degradation. It may not...
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