Michèle Roberts’s "Flesh and Blood" as an Example of "Écriture Feminine"





Michèle Roberts, Flesh and Blood, écriture feminine, gynocritics, feminist criticism, French feminism, women’s writing


The essay offers an analysis of Flesh and Blood, a novel by Michèle Roberts, first published in 1994. It discusses the book from the vantage point of French feminist criticism, especially écriture feminine, as well as gynocritics. The theory serves as a reference point for a better understanding of the novel’s structure, language and plot. In the opening paragraphs, the essay delineates the main premises of écriture feminine, a French feminist theory represented primarily by Hélène Cixous and Luce Irigaray, and gynocritics, a concept developed by the American feminist scholar Elaine Showalter. It then moves on to portray Flesh and Blood as an example of écriture feminine, analysing the aspects of the novel that mirror the theories of the French feminist critics: characters, motifs, structure, formal ploys and language.  

Author Biography

Joanna Morawska, University of Gdańsk

Joanna Morawska is a PhD candidate at the University of Gdańsk. She specialises in literary translation, but her present area of study is contemporary British literature. Currently, she is working on her PhD dissertation devoted to Michèle Roberts’s writings.


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How to Cite

Morawska, J. (2022). Michèle Roberts’s "Flesh and Blood" as an Example of "Écriture Feminine". Analyses/Rereadings/Theories: A Journal Devoted to Literature, Film and Theatre, 6(2), 31–42. https://doi.org/10.18778/2353-6098.6.10