Why so few babies in literature?

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February 28, 2020

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Alice Braun, « Why so few babies in literature? », Mothers and writers, ID : 10670/1.c1sn9e


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Why indeed? This is one of the first questions Marie Darrieussecq asks in the memoir she wrote to recount the birth of her first child and her transition to motherhood. (Read the review of this book here) What is a baby? Why so few babies in literature? What about the discourses around them? Why do we say "baby" and not "the baby"? What is a mother? And why women rather than men? Marie Darrieussecq, Le Bébé, 2013 (jacket blurb) It turns out there are actually some babies in literatur...

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