Politics and Narratives of Birth: Gynocolonization from Rousseau to Zola by Carol A. MossmanPolitics and Narratives of Birth: Gynocolonization from Rousseau to Zola by Carol A. Mossman

Politics and Narratives of Birth: Gynocolonization from Rousseau to Zola

byCarol A. Mossman

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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A feminist analysis that combines a psychoanalytic perspective on catastrophic birth with the politics of reproduction in the emergent democracy of nineteenth-century France, this book focuses on three major thinkers--Rousseau, Constant and Stendhal--and includes a broad reading of the nineteenth-century novel within the frame of pathological generation. In the collision of the nascent ideology of motherhood with modes of discourse that invade and colonize the maternal body, Professor Mossman identifies a considerable burden of the cultural anxiety expressed in the nineteenth-century French novel.
Title:Politics and Narratives of Birth: Gynocolonization from Rousseau to ZolaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521030986

ISBN - 13:9780521030984


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; A note on translations; Introduction: conception of this book; Part I. Stendhal: Delivering a Plot: 1. Death and transfiguration in the Vie de Henry Brulard; 2. Palimpsest and pregnancy: reading across Stendhalian autobiography; 3. Stendhalian fictions: plotting the unspeakable; Part II. Production, Reproductions and Narrative Form: Adolphe: 4. Introduction; 5. The economy of production: the paternal and narrative form; 6. Reproduction: (de)composing mother; 7. Rebirth and the performance of matricide; Part III. Gynocolonization: Rousseau, Michelet, Zolar and the Nineteenth-Century French Novel; Section 1: 8. Introduction: toward a bodied politics; 9. For unto us a son is born: Emile; 10. Birthing the body politic: Du contrat social; 11. The politic in the body Rousseau: Emile revisited and 'La Reigne Fantasque'; Section 2: 12. Introduction: birth, motherhood and the disease of democracy; 13. The flesh made word: Enfants du siècle and pathologies of reproduction in the nineteenth-century French novel; 14. Liberty, equality, maternity: Michelet as body snatcher; 15. Into Africa: Zola and gynocolonization; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Mossman's presentation, while demanding, rewards the reader by providing an innovative contribution to feminist criticism. Her study has the merit of introducing a measure of balance to traditional interpretations of nineteenth-century fiction that focus on the father." Hollie Markland Harder, Nineteenth-Century French Studies