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dc.contributor.authorChupin, Helen
dc.subjectThe Man Who Loved Childrenen
dc.subjectChristina Steaden
dc.titleLouie’s secret language in Christina Stead’s The Man Who Loved Childrenen
dc.typeCommunication / Conférence
dc.description.abstractenFour pages of Christina Stead’s The Man Who Loved Children (1940) are devoted to a play entitled “Herpes Rom,” written by the adolescent Louisa in a secret, invented language. This article explores what this strange episode, a text-within-the-text, contributes to the novel as a whole. It focuses not only on how the young girl uses the play to express her revolt against her father’s authority and to make a personal foray into the family’s embattled discursive space but also explores its autobiographical, psychoanalytical and intertextual references. The presence of narcissism, incest and the rejection of the literary conventions of the time combine here metonymically in a mise-en-abyme of the novel as a whole.en
dc.subject.ddclabelLittérature et techniques d'écrituresen
dc.relation.conftitle"Le Secret", colloque annuel du groupe "Résonances-Femmes", Université Paris 8en

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