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The perils of a Room of One's Own : space in Simone de Beauvoir's L'invitee, Le Sang des Autres and Les Bouches Inutiles.

Fell, Alison S. (2003) The perils of a Room of One's Own : space in Simone de Beauvoir's L'invitee, Le Sang des Autres and Les Bouches Inutiles. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 39 (3). pp. 267-277.

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Abstract

This article examines the contradictory representation of female space in Simone de Beauvoir's 1940s fiction. While Beauvoir generally supports Virginia Woolf's "room of one's own" as an ideal environment for women seeking intellectual independence, her fictional rooms are frequently spaces of claustrophobic imprisonment in which women suffer physical or mental breakdowns. This ambiguity in Beauvoir's wartime writings is intimately related, I suggest, to her changing conceptions of the self–other relation in this period.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Forum for Modern Language Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords: Beauvoir ; Woolf ; space ; France ; feminism ; war ; occupation ; invitée ; sang ; bouches
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > European Languages & Cultures
ID Code: 13217
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 08 Sep 2008 16:50
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:06
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13217

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