Die dichtenden Schwäne - die reflektierte Männlichkeit in Psyché und Lili

Flora Lea Filinger
2020 unpublished
The study of female roles in literature showed that women for a long time did not have space in the literary scene. The number of female authors was very small until the middle of the 20th century which was the same with the Hungarian literary canon. Two Hungarian authors, Sándor Weöres and Péter Esterházy tried to enlarge the canon by the works of two female authors Erzsébet Mária Psyché Lónyay and Lili Csokonai. Both their works, Psyché. Egy hajdani költőnő írásai and Tizenhét hattyúk are
more » ... raphical accounts, narrated in first-person by two fictional women. The focus of the present thesis lies in analysing the fictional narrator, whose authenticity as female writers will be examined in both works under the perspective of feminist literary criticism. Furthermore, it will be analysed how these fictional characters may become subjects in the sense of Luce Irigaray's theory to mimic the male part of the literary scene. The thesis will illustrate how the two main protagonists utilized their parler femme to enter the literary discourse. The status of the female main characters as well as their behavioural repertoire and its usefulness for overturning the patriarchal system in order to achieve subject status.
doi:10.25365/thesis.64765 fatcat:djaozx7p5ne2rpjitiadlxjlee