Les appellations et l’émancipation des étiquettes : Radclyffe Hall et The Well of Loneliness revisités


This article examines how Radclyffe Hall accounts for the individual and collective experience of « inversion », a term then referring to homosexuality, and the relationships to reality such a label can imply in her novel The Well of Loneliness. Indeed, it bore a double stain what with its accusation of obscenity and with its invert heroin. Unlike the identification process emerging at first, Radclyffe Hall deconstructs what is taken for reality, notably when she subverts the abject associated to homosexuality, and then uses it to distance reality. Accordingly, her work cannot be reduced to a call for homosexuals’ right to existence, but deeply questions the relationship to the Other—hence the need to broaden this study to two previous novels The Forge and The Unlit Lamp. This opening on an ethics of alterity which stems from a questioning on the feminine is then read in the light of contemporary philosopher Malabou who also deconstructs the way labels come to bear on reality thus attempting to go beyond the binarism intrinsic to alterity, and introducing a third party in this relationship so that man and/or woman can reach their proper identity—which Radclyffe Hall had felt earlier

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