In Memory of Elaine Marks: Life Writing, Writing Death

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  • Copyright: 2007-03-26
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
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A widely recognized and respected authority on French literature, women's writing, feminist theory, and Jewish studies, Elaine Marks wrote groundbreaking books on Collette, Simone de Beauvoir, and Jewish themes in French literature.In Memory of Elaine Markscontinues her legacy of rigorous intellectual exploration, enlivening scholarship in diverse areas of thought. The eleven essays in the collection bring together a number of intellectual, political, and ethical domains that were central to Marks's work: pedagogy, feminism, lesbianism, women's auto/biography, Jewish identity, community, memory, mourning, isolation, and death. In their interpretations of works by Marks, Simone de Beauvoir, Heacute;legrave;ne Cixous, Philip Roth, Jacques Derrida, Roland Barthes, Saint-Simon, La Bruyegrave;re, Marcel Proust, and others, the authors illustrate and engage Marks's existential vision, fearlessly probing the human experience to make sense of how we live, die, and understand both.

Author Biography

Richard E. Goodkin is professor of French at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and author of The Tragic Middle: Racine, Aristotle, Euripides; Around Proust; and Birth Marks: The Tragedy of Primogeniture in Pierre Corneille, Thomas Corneille, and Jean Racine.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: On Mortality and Natalityp. 3
Life Writing Death
"Juifemmes"p. 15
"Memoirs of an Indocile Daughter": Encounters with Elaine Marksp. 31
The Story of a Woman's Life in and through Timep. 57
Death of the Other, Death of the Mother
The Disease of Monolingualismp. 75
As She Lay Dying: Writing and the Mother/Daughter Dynamic in Beauvoir and Ernauxp. 90
Childless Children: Bodies and Betrayalp. 110
Jacques's Complaint: Derrida, Mortality, and the Maternalp. 129
Geographies of Life and Death
Ronsard on Speed: "Ciel, air, & vens..."p. 147
The Art of Finding: Reading as (a Very Easy) Deathp. 163
Signing Off: The Individual Lost and Regained
The Feminine Signature: Saint-Simon, Elaine Marks, and the Esprit Mortemartp. 183
Moribondages: Reading Proust and La Bruyere with(out) Elainep. 204
Teaching Mourning and Desire in French Literaturep. 231
Bibliographyp. 241
Works Citedp. 245
Contributorsp. 255
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“I think that we write and read not to change the world but to sharpen, to deepen, and to expand our awareness of being in the world and having to take leave of it.”—Elaine Marks, MLA Presidential Address, “Multiplicity and Morality,” from the Introduction

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