Her new novel, “Les Guérillères” (though novel is hardly the word for it), now appears in an American edition. Monique Wittig was born in the. Les Guérillères has ratings and 55 reviews. Mala said: They say henceforward what they are is not subject to compromise. They say they must now stop. Monique Wittig’s second novel Les Guerilleres is obviously a tale of war, given that the morpheme “guerre” is clearly discernible in the work’s title. However, the .

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The strength of this book, for me, is in this formatting. Their knowledge has competed successfully with the official knowledge to which they had no access, it has challenged it, found it wanting, threatened it, made it appear inefficacious. Is it a good book?

Les Guérillères by Monique Wittig

These vignettes serve to give glimpses into the everyday life and the war of this possibly futuristic society. Are there stories that are better told in non-traditional formats?

Additionally, the book does not set up a linear narrative. This certainly seems to be an impossibility since materialism and subjectivity have always been mutually exclusive. Their conjoint power has menaced hierarchies systems of government authorities. Angela Carter and ‘content,’ to be reductive. And, even if the boys at the end are girlish pony-tail boys who live to serve and sing Marxist songs, I can overlook that simple but sexy to some fetishization of feminized masculinity and call this work a proto-punk feminist masterpiece.

It’s a fantasy-esque story sort of of what all-female community might look like, like a more obtuse, abstract version of Joanna Russ’s book The Female Manwhich I suspect it inspired.

I refuse to pronounce the names of possession and non-possession. Books by Monique Wittig Lesbian feminist books Novels with lesbian themes Feminist novels Radical feminist books French novels French political novels. This book feels like a hybrid between theory and literature, a theoretical discussion made material on the page.

Very soon there is an indescribable tumult of bodies jostling each other in the attempt to take hold of the same hoop or to withdraw from the confusion. But now I’ve set the book down and I have trouble recalling any specific thread or scene or character well, there really aren’t characters, per se that struck me.


Form and Format in Fiction: Les Guérillères by Monique Wittig

I wish I could read it without stumbling through with a French dictionary in hand. Wittig’s book is inextricably linked with her feminist theory but can also be enjoyed a They say henceforward what they are is not subject to compromise.

They say, men have foreseen everything, they have christened your revolt in advance a slave revolt, a revolt against nature, they call it revolt when you want to appropriate what is theirs, the phallus. World by Napalm Death.

It’s quite good, in fact. This rather bizarre novel may not be for everyone, but guerilleree is definitely creative and vital to modern feminist literature. We shall richly deserve it. There is no one character that the book follows. Have it a second time.

Apr 15, Conrad rated it guerillrees was amazing Shelves: Monique Witti What is the plot? It’s more abstract than I’m used too, but the insistence on the femme was such a breath of fresh air while I trudge through the ,es of MFA reading. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Anyway, I strongly recommend it. This book really deserves a review more in-depth than “lyrically written disjointed barbarian woman vignettes,” but that’s all I got right now.

He says to them throwing his head back with pride, poor wretches of women, if you gurilleres him who will go to work in the fields, who will produce food consumer goods, who will make the aeroplanes, who will pilot them, who will provide the spermatozoa, who will write the books, who in fact will govern?

This real necessity for everyone to exist as an individual, as well as a member of a class, is perhaps the first condition for the accomplishment of a revolution, without which there can be no real fight or transformation. Occasionally, specific people are mentioned, but each is only mentioned for a few sentences before the writing reverts back to the more generalized story.


Another of them recalls that in the female State men were tolerated only for servile tasks and that they were forbidden under pain of death to bear arms or mount on horseback The separated paragraphs serving to recount several concurrent narrative lines recalled Sexing the Cherry.

This is the kind of book Tarantino would’ve turned into a smashing movie: So, read this book. Aug 23, Shelley rated it really liked it Shelves: They say, you strut about, you have no other care than to enjoy the good things your masters hand out, solicitous for your well-being so long as fuerilleres stand to gain. At these words all the women shout and laugh and clap each other on the shoulder to show their contentment. Then the women laugh, baring their teeth gueirlleres the fullest extent.

There’s nothing like trying to parse euphemisms for the clitoris in a foreign language.

They say, yes, there are the same domineering oppressors, the same masters who have said that negroes and women do not have a heart spleen liver in the same place as their own, that difference of sex difference of colour signify inferiority, their own right to domination and appropriation. Mar 05, Jacob Wren rated it it was amazing. We shall richly deserve it. In terms of format, Wittig makes sure that this book looks different than other books from the get-go.

The whole thing is rife with political implications that I’m only beginning to discover, but this is so much better than reading ethnographic descriptions of ri After at last overcoming the trauma of menstrual painting, I’m trying to rectify years of neglect of lesbian feminism by giving this one a shot. Led Wittig’s world of wild women, Feminaries are the ancient guerioleres texts through which women learn about the intricacies of their bodies, and their sexuality.