Writing in the Feminine in French and English Canada: A Question of Ethics
Référence bibliographique 
Carrière, Marie. 2002. Writing in the Feminine in French and English Canada: A Question of Ethics. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Intentions : « The notion of sexual difference operates as the unifying thread of the book. The essays address and seek to redress the domination of androcentric, exclusionary discourse, and its resulting hierarchical conceptions of difference within the fields of knowledge, writing, and criticism. Yet the challenge of this volume rests not only in its critique of a traditional formulation of difference, that is, of female other as a negative reflection of the self-same subject. It also proposes alternative models of female alterity. » (p. 11)
Échantillon/Matériau : Les oeuvres littéraires de Nicole Brossard, France Théoret, Di Brandt, Erin Mouré et Lola Lemire Tostevin.
Type de traitement des données : Essai
« This book considers the work of five feminist writers from Quebec and English Canada: Nicole Brossard, France Théoret, Di Brandt, Erin Mouré, and Lola Lemire Tostevin. [...] The works examined here often underline their own theoretical and formal strategies. In individual and plural ways, they seek to incorporate a discourse centred on the female body, language, and (inter)subjectivity, within the literary text itself. Most significantly, the shared ground of the five writers in question — and of writings in the feminine generally — lies in this self-conscious explorations and inscriptions of a distinctly feminist poetics. [...] These five writers present, in a variety of ways, what I call a feminist ethics, which may be defined as the attempt to think female and maternal alterity, and relations between and among sexes, outside the totality and assimilation of the self-same. [...] This comparative study shows how theoretically informed and formally experimental feminist writings can expand, enrich, and also complicate ethical theory as it pertains to issues of subjectivity and human relations, as well as gender, language, and writing. My ethical investigation of these works adopts what could be called a late nineties perspective, for since that time, literary and ethical studies, with their history of mutual attraction, have been moving closer together. An essential component of my study is not only the ethics that is postulated theoretically and absorbed aesthetically in the literature itself, but also the instances when the ethics can be seen to break down. [...] Such shortcomings are not signs of these writers’ failures as feminist poets, theoreticians, or novelists. Rather, they are the marks of an unfinished project, of deeply entrenched problems, and what are still today unresolved questions. [...] The conclusion summarizes the fundamental questions posed by the works analysed and their contributions to alternative representations of maternalism, female alterity, and relational exchange. I also recap the conflicting aspects of some maternal and relational configurations, and revisit the problem of essentialism and feminist idealism that plagues some of these writings. » (pp. 4-8)