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    Mothering in the Stepmother Tongue: Maternal Subjectivity and Linguistic Practice in Nancy Huston's Autobiographical Non-Fiction


    Kuckute, Egle (2018) Mothering in the Stepmother Tongue: Maternal Subjectivity and Linguistic Practice in Nancy Huston's Autobiographical Non-Fiction. Nottingham French Studies, 57 (3). pp. 274-285. ISSN 0029-4586

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    Abstract

    This article explores Huston's subject position as a mother and writer that emerges in her autobiographical non-fiction written during or reflecting upon the period of her life when her children were born and during their early childhood. The article aims to understand how and why Huston comes to mother in her adoptive ‘stepmother’ tongue, French, and how it is significant in her translingual writing practice. In light of Julia Kristeva's concept of the semiotic chora and its interpretation offered by Alison Stone, this article argues that although Huston's maternal linguistic practice originates in a traumatic early experience of her mother's departure, her embodied use of French with her children performs a restorative and healing function enabling a translingual practice of mothering as well as writing.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Mothering; Stepmother Tongue; Maternal Subjectivity; Linguistic Practice; Nancy Huston; Autobiographical;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures > French
    Item ID: 10304
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3366/nfs.2018.0224
    Depositing User: Egle Kackute
    Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2018 17:50
    Journal or Publication Title: Nottingham French Studies
    Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
    Refereed: Yes
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