Le Corps Lesbien

Le Corps Lesbien Back in print this daring novel constitutes a rhapsodic hymn to women s bodies and women s relationships That rare work in fiction the art and the courage are of the highest level The Boston Globe

  • Title: Le Corps Lesbien
  • Author: Monique Wittig
  • ISBN: 9782707300973
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Paperback
  • Back in print, this daring novel constitutes a rhapsodic hymn to women s bodies and women s relationships That rare work in fiction the art and the courage are of the highest level The Boston Globe

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    1. So, you might be a little thrown off by this title from mebut it's really as subversive a book about language, it's structure and feminism as you can get. Much less "lesbian" when translated to English from the original French, it manages to be both beautiful and disgusting. God, it's so good.

    2. You know how sometimes in a library when you've already gotten far too many books and your arms are full you reach a point of abandon and just throw anything on the pile? That's what was happening to me when I plucked The Lesbian Body on down from the shelf because, I figured, I like lesbians and I like bodies. I thought it might come in handy at a certain time of night. From the cover and description ("a rhapsodic hymn to women's bodies and women's relationships") I guessed that it would probab [...]

    3. I did not know going in that this was a narrative told by a "Je" ("I") about the graphic death of their significant other, a "Tu" ("You"). It was simply, for me, a long epic poem about lesbian love. A beautiful, eloquent, jarring, and heart-brakingly honest account of the life and death of love and what it means for the speaker, but an epic poem nonetheless.

    4. I expected unusual, but after three chapters of the narrator eating her lover's eardrums, I just couldn't make myself keep trying.

    5. a celebration of the body from the inside out-- bones, bile, blood & guts handled with erotic jubilation in a world without men a unique reading experience

    6. either two or five stars"M/y ring and little fingers remaining outside you having grown together with the other fingers are engaged in caressing your loins your shoulders your nape while I pursue m/y slow inexorable invasion of you. M/y two fingers within you have come together, they attempt the passage from the duodenum from the stomach to your oesophagus, I try to reach your throat, then your mouth, from within, I seek to be absorbed by you during my writhings in your interior to be spat out r [...]

    7. i would be extremely interested to know what others think of this book. we read it for a class and discussed the aspects of violence inherent in desire and in language. and in departure from a particular norm. we talked about the purpose of fragmenting a subject so completely as to render it beyond human, beyond singular, beyond what can be understood. it is a 3 hour read if you just plow. but it is pretty intense. i wasn't sure if i like it or not, but it felt pretty powerful. and strange. so i [...]

    8. This book was gritty, graphic, dark, erotic, and very visceral. It also read more like prose poetry than actual fiction.Not for the faint of heart.

    9. pronouns are currently a pretty heavily debated topic in the radical community, and so it felt appropriate when i found this book on the used/liquidation shelves of the old Elliot Bay Books location. a fascinating slog.

    10. A remarkably way to turn the idea of "the gaze" on its head. Wittig is by far my favorite theorist. She deconstructs established norms and challenges the concepts of language and desire in such a creative way that she cannot be ignored and must be discussed.

    11. Monique Wittig undertakes to attack/fight against patriarchial writing, as hitherto always done by men. What you get in this book, is language full of play, flexibiilty, circular motions (not linear like men's thinking, supposedly). The book could have been much shorter and still got the point across, if it actually has a point. No plot, no characters, no dialogue: if you need these things in a book you may not like it. Very violent and bloody and full of body-talk/words; like you're reading a s [...]

    12. I think it to read this book, you must also look at her theories. Wittig believed in abolishing the gender binaries of "man" and "woman" so she slashes all her pronouns. The poems could also be read as a catalog of the female body parts, the female body’s encounter with another female body, a reconstruction of the lesbian.

    13. I get the distinct feeling I would have loved this book if I read in the original but that it's a work that's a bit resistant to translation. I dug the basic ideas, and in the unlikely event that I ever learn French I'll come back to this one, but the English translation can't help but feel a bit less than (no pun intended) the sum of its parts.

    14. Awesome. Wittig's exploration of the love-as-body eroticizes the visceral, while her exploration of desire splits the self in a way that's only truly enjoyable in the original French.

    15. I read this a long time ago, remember liking it a lot, but I'll be damned if I can remember the specifics. I am not even sure if I own it anymore.

    16. like nothing i've ever read. totally wonderful, though, i felt crazy the entire time. it makes no sense and is so lyrically beautiful!!

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