Feminist Accused of Difference from the Self


  • Mary J. Harrison York University


Memoir, Jane Gallop, Cynthia G. Franklin, Academic Women, Emotional Significance


In this article, I read Cynthia G. Franklin’s (2009) discussion of Jane Gallop’s (1997) Feminist Accused of Sexual Harassment, arguing that Franklin’s criticism is rooted in disavowed identification. Next, I explore Gallop’s memoir as generating such strong reactions as Franklin’s because it describes the intense and originating conflict of separating from one’s mother to develop a mind of one’s own. I conclude by analysing my own identifications with Gallop and her text.

Dans cet article, j’examine la discussion par Cynthia G. Franklin (2009) de l’ouvrage Feminist Accused of Sexual Harassment (1997) de Jane Gallop, en affirmant que la critique de Franklin est enracinée dans une identification désavouée. Ensuite, j’explore l’idée que le mémoire de Gallop génère des réactions aussi vives que celles de Franklin parce qu’elle décrit le conflit intense et initial de la séparation d’avec la mère pour développer sa propre individualité. Je conclus en analysant mes propres identifications avec Gallop et son texte.


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Author Biography

Mary J. Harrison, York University

Mary J. Harrison earned a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Education at York University in 2014. Her dissertation, Thinking Through the (M)Other: Reading Women’s Memoirs of Learning, was supported by a doctoral fellowship awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


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