Incriminations: Guilty Women/Telling Stories

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Maintaining that women's storytelling is a telling activity, Karen McPherson "reads for guilt" in novels by five twentieth-century writers - Simone de Beauvoir (L'Invitee), Marguerite Duras (Le ravissement de Lol V. Stein), Anne Hebert (Kamouraska), Virginia Woolf (Mrs. Dalloway), and Nicole Brossard (Le desert mauve). She finds in the vocabulary and atmosphere of these novels a linking of female protagonists to crime and culpability. The guilt, however, is not clearly imputed or assumed; it tends to trouble the conscience ...