Ruth Sa lvagg io Anne Finch Placed and Displaced
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French feminist theory, with its poststructuralist and psychoanalytic orientation, calls into question the political importance of reading women writers. Given that we perceive and understand the world through patriarchal discourse, there is no reason why a woman should write differently than a man; and given that gender difference is also linguistically produced, what chiefly matters in the struggle against patriarchy are not real, biological women, but the construct 'woman', patriarchy's repressed and marginalized Other. Ecriture feminine, which may or may not be written by a woman, disrupts the male symbolic order by staging the return of the repressed and excluded. Ruth Salvaggio's essay seeks to reconcile the French feminist interest in 'woman' with the Anglo-American concern for the historical predicament of actual women. She reads Finch's poetry both as the product of a woman writer displaced, as a woman, from Enlightenment culture and as a form of feminine writing - fluid, indeterminate - which subverts that culture's hierarchical discourses.