Women and Discourse in the Fiction of Marguerite Duras

Love, Legends, Language

  • Authors
  • Susan D. Cohen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Susan D. Cohen
      Pages 1-12
  3. Strategies of Narration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Susan D. Cohen
      Pages 15-55
    3. Susan D. Cohen
      Pages 56-102
  4. Towards a Poetics of Duras’ Prose

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Susan D. Cohen
      Pages 133-176
    3. Susan D. Cohen
      Pages 177-208
    4. Susan D. Cohen
      Pages 209-210
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 211-239

About this book


The first comprehensive study of the narrative and stylistic characteristics of all of Marguerite Duras' major works. Through close textual readings with a particular focus on women's access to language, this book shows how Duras critiques and subverts dominant discourse. Duras' textual strategies are described within a discussion of narrativity which also addresses factors of race and class. Cohen demonstrates how Duras achieves the famous ritual atmosphere of her prose through precise techniques which connect to her critique of representation.


critique fiction gender language Narration Narrative women

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