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


    Kackute, 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

    Exile and troubled motherhood are two closely intertwined themes thatdominate Nancy Huston’sœuvre. Every collection of Huston’s non-fiction writingscontains at least one essay reflecting on the link between her mother’s departurefrom the family home in childhood and her own exile, and her novels are equallypreoccupied with such themes. The protagonist of the novelLa Virevolte, a motherof two, is caught in an agonizingly painful conflict between family life and aninternational career as a dancer, and shefinally opts for leaving the former for thesake of the latter. The novelL’Empreinte de l’angefeatures the story of a femaleGerman character who relocates to France at the end of the 1950s, where shemarries a Frenchflautist and becomes a mother shortly after that. Her love affairwith a Hungarian instrument maker of Jewish origin draws her into a double life thathas fatal consequences for her son

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: translingual writing; translingual mothering; migrant motherhood; maternal subjectivity; migration; mother tongue;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures > French
    Item ID: 11072
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3366/nfs.2018.0224
    Depositing User: Egle Kackute
    Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2019 11:17
    Journal or Publication Title: Nottingham French Studies
    Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
    Refereed: Yes
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