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L’Acte inqualifiable, ou le meurtre au féminin / Unspeakable Acts: Murder by Women

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Edited By Émeline Jouve, Aurélie Guillain and Laurence Talairach-Vielmas

Qu’elle soit appelée meurtrière, assassine ou tueuse, la femme qui commet un homicide élude les catégories usuelles : elle dérange l’ordre social, bouleverse les rapports de forces symboliques et inquiète les dispositifs judiciaires. Cet ouvrage collectif bilingue (français et anglais) interroge la manière dont l’écriture ou la réécriture du meurtre au féminin contribue à façonner et à problématiser la mémoire collective de ces affaires criminelles qui font figure d’exception.

Female murderers often elude firmly established categories as they disrupt the social and symbolic orders of patriarchal societies and call into question the well-oiled mechanisms of their legal systems. This collection of essays (in French and in English) examines the making of narratives that have staged actual or fictional female murderers, influencing the ways in which these women are collectively remembered – narratives that often lay bare the covert foundations of the indictment process.

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Cru-auté dans « Raw Material » de A.S. Byatt

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Sylvie MAUREL

Dans un entretien de 2004 avec Stephen Frosh, A.S. Byatt parle de la terreur que lui inspire l’espace domestique :

I was terrified of what I have translated into English as « dailyness », and this was to do with the fate of women in my generation. I was terrified of being shut in a kitchen with a washing tub and, later, a washing machine. I was terrified of the repetitiveness of ordinary things, which can be made to seem glamorous in a novel.1

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