Sexuality and the Reading Encounter: Identity and Desire in Proust, Duras, Tournier, and Cixous

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I
The Reading Encounter

In this thin transparent air I feel able to perceive in her
unmoving form the signs of that invisible movement that
reading is, the flow of gaze and breath, but, even more, the
journey of words through the person . . .

( Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveller)

Chercher à envoûter l'autre,
a l'embarquer dans son rêve.
L'effleurer de quelques gestes et le noyer dans les mots.
Jouer la passion pour
éveiller la compassion.
Comme dans les films qui apprennent la vie . . .
Comme dans les livres qui sont plus beaux que la vie
.1
( Colette Dubois, 'La Maman et la putain' de Jean Eustache)


• Day for Night

'Avant de faire l'amour vraiment, on le fait d'abord au cinéma.'2 These lines, spoken in Marguerite Duras novel Un Barrage contre le Pacifique, focus the reader's mind on the possibilities of previewing existence in fictions. For Duras, film prefigures reality; it performs the desire which will be replayed and commemorated by her characters. Hers are texts obsessed with relations between viewing and desire, between fictions and their lived re-enactment. The cinema becomes a privileged space and

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'To seek to bewitch the other, I to set him sail on his dreams. | Touch him lightly and drown him in words. | Play at passion to I arouse compassion. | As in films which teach how to live . . . | As in books which are lovelier than life . . .'
2
Marguerite Duras, Un Barrage contre le Pacifique ( Paris, 1950), 199 ('Before really making love, you make love first in the cinema'). See Joël Magny, "'Le Cri de l'écran'", in Marguerite Duras ( Paris, 1992), 15-34, for a reading of this text with relation to Duras's cinema.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgements xi
  • Contents xiii
  • 1 - The Reading Encounter 1
  • 2 - Identity and Identification 29
  • 3 - Reading Albertine's Sexuality; Or, 'Why Not Think of Marcel Simply as a Lesbian?' 60
  • 4 - 'La Passion Selon H.C.': Reading in the Feminine 95
  • 5 - 'La Chair ouverte, blessCB)e' 130
  • Concluding Remarks 192
  • Bibliography 199
  • Index 209
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