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Voicing my desire to her. Poetic and coming-out literary in the new ‘On Monday of Last Week’ and ‘Grace’

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Buildings--Design and construction
Construction
Building design
Western architecture (Western countries)
Architecture, Western (Western countries)
Architecture
Religion
Religion, Primitive
Images, Mental
Imagery, Mental
Mental images
Imagination
Mental imagery
Concepts
Concept formation
Literature
World literature
Western literature (Western countries)
Belles-lettres
Novellas (Short novels)
Stories
Metafiction
Fiction
Novels
Fiction--Philosophy
Graphemic analysis
Graphemics
Notions (Philosophy)
Acts, Legislative
Legislative enactments
Laws (Statutes)
Enactments, Legislative
Legislative acts
Law
Volition
Conation
Will

Abstract

The article analyses the writing of desires in two news from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Chinelo Okparanta, and the relationship between transgression and subversive writing. Women’s desires are articulated around three ideas: the desired body and its construction, the role of religion and its impact on desire, and openness to intimate through imagination. By their caution, revealed by a paradoxical triumph of the (in) validated desire of the characters, these writers are part of the concept of emergence, or what can be called a literary coming out, as they resist dominant narratives in an unprecedented way. Rejecting any moralising character, they call this long-perceived female desire as absurd and question all gendered and sexual expectations in order to articulate, in new feminist literature, the right of women to dispose of their bodies and to relax their wishes. As a result, the writing of the forbidden desire puts their desire to place women at the forefront of the literary scene in abymity.

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