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When the body arises in language: dialogues and tensions between psychoanalysis and feminism in Elena Ferrante's work.

Grant number: 23/06234-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2023
Effective date (End): July 31, 2024
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology
Principal Investigator:Jaquelina Maria Imbrizi
Grantee:Giovana Carvalho de Oliveira
Host Institution: Instituto de Saúde e Sociedade (ISS). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Baixada Santista. Santos , SP, Brazil


The interlocutions between Psychoanalysis and Feminism crossed the 20th century and century and are still generating rich productions on subjectivity and culture in the 21st century. Luce Irigaray and Helène Cixous were part of the composition of this debate, as authors belonging to the so-called "French Feminism", defending that women "should narrate themselves", as a form of ethical and aesthetical intervention in the world. The effects of these dialogues also reverberate and take shape in art and have an impact on research on Psychoanalysis and Literature. In contemporary literature, we can find in Elena Ferrante's works echoes of these theoretical productions. The aim of this project is to investigate the interlocutions between psychoanalysis and feminism based on the literary work "The Lying Life of Adults" (Ferrante, 2020), which is set in Naples, and deals with the passage from childhood to adolescence of a girl during the 1990s. The method of clinical-political interventions will be used as a way to list excerpts from the Italian author's book in order to point out women's speaking and women's writing as critical strategies to social discourses linked to patriarchal values.

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