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    Deviant Care: Chanson douce and the Killer Nanny

    Rodgers, Julie (2019) Deviant Care: Chanson douce and the Killer Nanny. Australian Journal of French Studies, 57 (3). pp. 381-395. ISSN 2046-2913

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    This article examines the darker side of care as depicted in Leila Slimani's Chanson douce (2016), an important aspect of the carer-caree relationship that has been much less documented than the positive nature of care-giving. The article traces the nanny's trajectory through different stages of care from early feelings of attachment and devotion to a point of crushing fear, unmanageable anxiety and overwhelming exhaustion, which then leads her onto a path of incremental abuse. Rather than focusing on the actual crime committed (infanticide), the article endeavours to understand the nanny's personal circumstances and the way in which they inflect her care-giving and ultimately steer it towards a deviant turn. The overall aim of the article is to demonstrate that the reality of care is much more complex than one might realize (especially when it is caught up in the gruelling ideals of perfect motherhood) and more often than not co-exists alongside various forms of abuse, which in the case of Chanson douce, culminate in tragedy.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Rodgers, J. (2020). Deviant care: Chanson douce and the killer nanny. Australian Journal of French Studies, 57(3), 381-395. doi:
    Keywords: Leila Slimani; Chanson douce; care-giving; child abuse;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures > French
    Item ID: 15448
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    Depositing User: Julie Rodgers
    Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2022 17:01
    Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of French Studies
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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