By Thomas J. D. Armbrecht

ISBN-10: 9042021896

ISBN-13: 9789042021891

On the outer edge of the heart is the 1st comparability of 2 of France's most crucial twentieth-century authors, Julien eco-friendly and Marguerite Yourcenar. It examines textual parts of their performs and novels to attract conclusions concerning the ways in which they signify homosexuality of their texts. either Yourcenar and eco-friendly grew to become to drama to discover features of same-sex hope that they felt not able to precise of their prose. The research in their performs indicates that an emphasis on discussion and motion makes drama a very applicable style for writing approximately homosexuality since it gives an writer distance and for that reason safety from the "proclivities" of his characters. The chapters at the novel exhibit, against this, how prose fiction permits an writer to provide an explanation for a character's sexuality with a level of subtlety tough to accomplish in theatre. diversifications in narration and paratext enable writers to prevent condemning discourses and to discover an unique technique of expression in its place. on the outer edge brings a brand new, textually based method of Green's and Yourcenar's works that's in contrast to the mental analyses that frequently typify queer readings. it will likely be of significant curiosity to students of twentieth-century French literature and of Gender stories. The ebook also will attract non-academic readers, besides the fact that, because it is set French authors who have been additionally americans and who wrote approximately US background and modern tradition.

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She herself says that she is not at home in North Carolina, stating “Simplement, je n’aime pas le Sud” (OC III 1010). Ironically, it is she who makes the most of Ian’s difference, reminding him that he is not from “chez nous,” despite the fact that she is far from what she considers her home. Ian’s otherness is further developed during the first act of the play without it ever being attributed to his homosexuality. ” Regina proclaims: “Ce que je déteste en vous, c’est le mensonge” (OC III 1001).

The difference between didascalia and paratext is not entirely clear. This is not due to a lack of clarity in works dealing with didascalia and paratext (both Golopentia and Genette’s definitions are extremely precise), but to the independence of their works. Genette does not consider theatre when writing about paratext; Golopentia similarly takes little account of the novel when writing of theatre. These separations are not problematic for the literary theories themselves, but they do become so when considering plays and novels together, or when analyzing examples from either genre that do not fit squarely into the theories’ categories, as is the case with parts of Sud.

When Mac Clure offers help, Ian hopes that he will acknowledge his love for him without making Ian verbalize it. The second dialogue is all the more striking because of the note of irony: Mac Clure says resolutely that love is not a sin, which suggests that homosexual love is not even an idea in his devout, Protestant mind. While trying to comfort Ian, Mac Clure disappoints him by inadvertently revealing that he will never reciprocate Ian’s love. Later in a scene filled with double-entendres and misunderstood allusions to homosexuality, Ian’s words become increasingly telling.

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