Lesbian Love and the Great Goddess in Louise Maheux-Forcier's <em>Amadou </em>

  • Kathleen Kellett-Betsos Ryerson Polytechnical Institute


This paper examines the portrayal of the lesbian lover as an embodiment of the Great Goddess figure in the Quebec novel Amadou. A study of literary imagery and intertextuality in this novel shows how the first person narrator, Nathalie, creates her own personal mythology of a pagan, matriarchal cult in direct opposition to the dominant patriarchal, Judeo-Christian order upheld notably by her husband, a self-appointed Christ figure and representative of the Father's law, who proposes to save Nathalie from her own lesbian desires.
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