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Fin de millénaire French FictionThe Aesthetics of Crisis$
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Ruth Cruickshank

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571758

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571758.001.0001

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Christine Angot: trauma, transgression, and the write to reply

Christine Angot: trauma, transgression, and the write to reply

(p.168) 4 Christine Angot: trauma, transgression, and the write to reply
Fin de millénaire French Fiction

Ruth Cruickshank (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Notorious for the affaire surrounding L'Inceste, Angot is discussed as contributor to, analyst, and symptom of the fin de millénaire aesthetics of crisis. This chapter assesses the extent to which her fictions avoid collusion in their transgressive representations of media manipulation of traumas including incest, sexual abuse, relationship breakdown, and the Holocaust. It examines how Angot challenges homogenizing notions of women's writing and femininism, but shows how, arguably unintentionally, her fictions demonstrate the enduring need to precipitate turning points in an ostensibly postfeminist world. Narrative strategies simultaneously drawing on and bringing into question poststructuralism and psychoanalytical, media, and marketing tropes are identified. Discussing how Angot's fin de millénaire prose fictions outstrip autofiction, and can be read as a write to reply, the chapter shows how Angot raises urgent questions about the neutralization of trauma by the mass media and the role of the writer, cultural producer, and consumer.

Keywords:   Angot, L'Inceste, incest, Holocaust, autofiction, postfeminist, poststructuralist, women's writing, write to reply, neutralization of trauma

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