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Author: Susan Petit

menaced by the intrigues in the house. It does not occur to her that the others see her as a threat; she expects only the dowry and with it the chance to become middle class, even though her nature seems to call her to a more earthy life than the repressed one she is living. Despite her dowdy

In: Françoise Mallet-Joris
Author: Glenn W. Fetzer

-and-blood relationship between language and self, a relationship from which we might make several observations. First, if blood is to be understood as the life-giving force for the body, then words are the sine qua non of all perceptions of the world. The effort to perceive the world succeeds only to the extent that the

In: Palimpsests of the Real in Recent French Poetry
Author: Sue W. Farquhar

one’s nose on the tablecloth (47-52). By the mid-seventeenth-century, polite manners had become the hallmark of FLS, Vol. XXXIII, 2006 34 a French courtly elite living under an absolutist regime. Yet, the his- torical and textual evidence accumulated by Elias was intended to sketch out a

In: Civilization in French and Francophone Literature
Author: Susan Petit

one day she and Patrick will divorce. Helga's life confirms Catherine's suspicion that inherited wealth is the enemy of spontaneity, and she cannot imagine living as Patrick's family would want her to. This is a sad story with a sad ending. The central story, "Le Musee," may represent both a

In: Françoise Mallet-Joris
Author: Robert Ziegler

’s selfish inattention, as paternal neglect allows him to continue in his plantlike state, unassimilated to the dusty hardware that fills his father’s store. The decision to send Sébastien to a famous Jesuit school is motivated by father Roch’s desire to experience the imaginary glory of proxy

In: The Nothing Machine
Author: Robert Ziegler

, defective work of art, a fragile envelope in which life is enclosed for a season before reverting to its original status as “[un] petit tas de fumier, [une] menue 8 Ibid., p. 479. 9 Montaubin, Marie-Françoise. “Les Romans d’Octave Mirbeau: Des livres où il

In: The Nothing Machine
Author: Robert Ziegler

myrmidons of death.”11 The link that binds a child to his maternal antecedents perpetuates a tendency on the part of all living organisms to “return to an earlier state of things.”12 Thus, the umbilicus stretching out across the generations is a weapon used by life against itself, “une longue chaîne de

In: The Nothing Machine
Author: Peter Broome

living and the dead. Above all, perhaps, it is a pivot between two ‘times’: not only past and present, in the form of the dead refusing pre-dictated directions and claiming a life-blood ‘plus spacieux que naguère’, but between two ‘tempos’ of existence. The ‘lambeau très lent’ hints at rhythms

In: In the Flesh of the Text
Author: Robert Ziegler

The Nothing Machine regulated by unalterable routine, structured by ancient familial and neighborhood discord, governed by religious and legal ritual that diverts attention from the fragility of flesh and the unpredictability of death. Albert’s memories are of a depressing life of gray

In: The Nothing Machine
Author: Susan Petit

. Through her autobiographical books she explored her life as a writer, a member of a family, and a Catholic. Other forms of writing such as her children's books allowed her to play with plots and language more freely than in her novels. After this period Mallet-Joris emerged as a more polished novelist

In: Françoise Mallet-Joris