Some Hungarian and American Women Writers
Chapter 3: Narrative Conceptions of Identity and Otherness in the Works of Contemporary Hungarian Female Writers
65 Chapter 3: Narrative Conceptions of Identity and Otherness in the Works of Contemporary Hungarian Female Writers In this chapter, I examine the manifestations of feminine subjectivity and femi- nine writing in the prose of contemporary women writers with a continued focus on how feminine prose is able to denote a strong yet fragmented subjectivity and how it is able to claim and refute the possibility of a unique feminine language – this time in contemporary Hungarian literature. In order to study feminine writing that speaks of the history of the (discursive) vulnerability of femininity, I examine literature that foregrounds the relationship of femininity and language. As I have mentioned in previous chapters, one of the most important dif- ferences between feminist criticism and postmodern theories lies in their con- ceptions of the subject; therefore, I focus on how the writing of contemporary Hungarian women writers resolves this contradiction or raises further questions. The starting point of my analysis is the claim of deconstructionist feminist criti- cism that logocentric language and thinking as well as a language culture built on dichotomies had suppressed all feminine perspectives and articulations that defined themselves outside the relationship between men and women and the oppositions pertaining to them. Following the logic of deconstruction and psy- choanalysis, theories of feminine writing (écriture feminine) in French feminist criticism have pointed out how assumptions about and discrimination towards women have become so firmly entrenched in Western thinking that we inter- nalize and reproduce the subordination of the feminine...
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