Renée Vivien: Velléité et Résistance

  • Mireille Rosello University of Michigan


This article focuses on three short stories by early twentieth-century lesbian poet Renée Vivien. Published in a collection entitled La Dame à la louve , these narrative texts differ from the rest of Vivien's work which is pervaded by the presence of an autobiographical "I." The author of this article suggests that the short stories propose a problematic (and self-contradictory) definition of seduction by exploring situations in which the protagonists' gender turns dialogue into a confrontation. What will be the reader's position when faced by a narrative claiming that understanding what the other means, says, or means to say is a matter of life and death?
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