Women’s Individuation in the Works of Pierrette Fleutiaux
Chapter 4: Relating (to) the Other in Nous sommes éternels and Les Amants imparfaits
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Relating (to) the Other in Nous sommes éternels and Les Amants imparfaits
Mon frère était mon espace.
My brother was my space.
— PIERRETTE FLEUTIAUX1
If the integration of the Mother archetypal image was essential to inner wholeness in Des phrases courtes, it is also, as Jung observes, crucial to the ability to maintain a successful romantic relationship. The integration of power that has unwittingly been projected onto parents is a significant step in liberating the individual into being able to deal with their animus projections – the idealized image of a romantic partner. The unwinding of deeply entrenched animus projections is a crucial feature of Nous sommes éternels, and the failure to properly deal with this process casts a long shadow over the young women protagonists of Les Amants imparfaits. In Nous sommes éternels, Estelle/Claire2 writes her ‘opera’ in order to bring to light the truth of her relationship with her (supposed) brother Dan (among others) so that she can live fully her new life with Phil. In Les Amants imparfaits, Raphaël ← 189 | 190 → writes to wrest his story from the jurors and other players in his murder trial by offering his own interpretation of the cold facts presented, in order to achieve his ‘stature d’homme’ [full stature as a man] (AI, p. 171). That Les Amants is written from Raphaël’s perspective might lead to questioning its place within a work on womanhood....
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