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Monique Wittig

Lorna Hardwick and James I. Porter

in Sibylline Sisters

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199582969
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731198 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582969.003.0009

Series: Classical Presences

Monique Wittig

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Ever since the publication of Les Guérillères in 1969, Monique Wittig has been renowned for her reworking of canonical texts, including classical epics. Part of her mission was to alter radically a patriarchal cultural tradition and history that had suppressed the voices and experiences of women. One of the strategies that she employs to highlight this absence within Les Guérillères is to replace the epic list of heroes, a staple of the classical epic, with a list of female names, making sure to include those who figure within literature and history. Another device that Wittig uses is to place words originally voiced by men within the mouths of women, so that the utterance acquires a new meaning and significance from a female context. Wittig's work is driven not so much by a feminist as by a lesbian agenda.

Keywords: Virgil; women writers; classical epic; female names; Les Guérillères

Chapter.  11159 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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