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By Ruth Whittaker

An exam of Lessing's paintings and a dialogue of her significant topics - colonialism, politics, feminism, the character of paintings, insanity and desires, prophecy and sufism. the writer additionally discusses Lessing's serious reception and present prestige, in addition to her contribution to post-modernist fiction.

Contents:

Acknowledgements
General Editor's Preface
1 heritage and Influences
2 The Colonial Legacy
3 the youngsters of Violence
4 The Golden Notebook
5 insanity, goals and Prophecy
6 Canopus in Argos: Archives
7 go back to Realism
Conclusion
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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196. 257. 217. Martin Crowley 39 propose que la vitalité de la vie (qui n’est autre chose que manque, inachèvement, ruine) est maintenue par la souffrance, ici cette idée est exprimée de manière plus imagée, dans des termes qui sont clairement ceux de la perversion: Le plaisir ne commence qu’au moment où le ver est dans le fruit. 48 Il paraît même possible que ce rôle de la souffrance puisse encore une fois lui assurer une puissance positive, une utilité directe qui permettrait en effet un plaisir qui, finalement, en triompherait: De l’horreur religieuse que d’abord j’avais eue je me servais, je faisais d’elle un ressort secret de mon plaisir.

La culture dont je parle étant réflexion sur la fin, ferait la part du jaillissement désintéressé qu’est la guerre. Son attitude à l’égard de la guerre serait la même qu’à l’égard de tout le délire souverain du passé. Née d’une révolte contre lui, elle en serait pourtant la justification. 4 Il est inévitable – en lisant ce passage – de penser à l’anomalie littéraire qu’est Le Coupable (1939-1943), le journal de la solitude de Bataille arraché au silence survenu au cours des atrocités de la guerre.

Mais, puisqu’il faut se retourner sans cesse pour négocier les paradoxes qui foisonnent autour de ces fins dérisoires, il apparaîtra que cette logique du simulacre nous présente quand même une possibilité (bien qu’elle n’en soit que la parodie blême): dans la déchéance, dans l’abjection, et malgré le fait que ce geste ne représentera jamais qu’un plaisir hypocrite et impossible, après tout – on peut embrasser la souffrance. 166. 166. 386. 30 L’eschatologie trouée de Ma Mère Ceci dans la version manuscrite de La Tombe de Louis XXX, suite à la conversation sur la douleur que nous venons de citer.

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