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Maternal Spaces in the Diaries of Aino Kallas, Virginia Woolf and Anaïs Nin
Maternal Spaces in the Diaries of Aino Kallas, Virginia Woolf and Anaïs Ninsnow s

Author(s): Leena Kurvet-Käosaar
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: TARTU ÜLIKOOLI KIRJASTUS

Summary/Abstract: "[...]Over the past years, much of my scholarly work has been centered around issues of subjectivity in the diaries of three woman writers of the first half of the 20th century, Virginia Woolf (1882–1941), Aino Kallas (1878–1956), Anaïs Nin (1903–1977), in particular subjectivity’s relation to the body. My writings on the role of the body in the constructions of the three writers’ diaristic self-representation have, however, focused more extensively on “the inscriptive and productive functioning of social bodies marked in their sexual difference” (Grosz 1994: 189) than on “psychoanalytic and phenomenological investigations of sexual specificity” (ib. 189). I would like now to offer some insights into the diaries of Aino Kallas, Virginia Woolf and Anaïs Nin within the framework of ‘the lived body’ paradigm taking as my focus the creation of maternal spaces in the three diaries."[...]

  • Issue Year: X/2005
  • Issue No: 10
  • Page Range: 260-278
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: English