By Bakhtin, Mikhail Mikhaĭlovich; Wussow, Helen; Hohne, Karen Ann; Bakhtin, M
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Class and gender issues meet in the personae of the defiant old peasant woman and her lover Jack the Journeyman. The cultural values of the new state after 1922 not only were Catholic, they were rural petit bourgeois. After the famine of 1848 small farmers increasingly adhered to the social system known as familism, which ensured the continuity of inheritance and prevented the splitting up of farms. The male heir married at a later age than before the famine; unwed daughters could enter the convent, domestic service, or emigrate; noninheriting sons could become priests or move to town.
In place of a mythical Adam, "The Laugh of the Medusa" proposes a mythical Eve. Beyond the "singular Ptolemaic world" she creates for women's writing, Cixous's preference for the poetic reveals an even greater distance between her thinking and Bakhtin's. 12 Only poets, Cixous writes, have been able thus far to break free of the dominant male discourse: But only the poets —not the novelists, allies of representationalism. Because poetry involves gaining strength from the unconscious and because the unconscious, that other limitless country, is the place where the repressed manage to survive: women, or as Hoffman would say, fairies.
The autoerotic model, offered here as an alternative to the traditional, repressive hierarchy in which the feminine self is subordinated to the masculine other, is one in which the other has become superfluous. Autoeroticism and homosexuality ("The Americans remind us, 'We are all Lesbians'; that is, don't denigrate woman, don't make of her what men have made of you" ) are necessary elements in the project of 10 Lisa Gasbarrone self-discovery and self-expression that is women's writing. Woman has, up until now, been "kept in the dark about herself, led into self-disdain by the great arm of parental-conjugal phallocentrism" (246).
A Dialogue of voices : feminist literary theory and Bakhtin by Bakhtin, Mikhail Mikhaĭlovich; Wussow, Helen; Hohne, Karen Ann; Bakhtin, M