By Richard Goodkin
A widely known and revered authority on French literature, women's writing, feminist thought, and Jewish experiences, Elaine Marks wrote groundbreaking books on Collette, Simone de Beauvoir, and Jewish topics in French literature. In reminiscence of Elaine Marks maintains her legacy of rigorous highbrow exploration, enlivening scholarship in assorted components of thought. The 11 essays within the assortment assemble a few highbrow, political, and moral domain names that have been valuable to Marks's paintings: pedagogy, feminism, lesbianism, women's auto/biography, Jewish identification, neighborhood, reminiscence, mourning, isolation, and dying. of their interpretations of works by way of Marks, Simone de Beauvoir, H?l?ne Cixous, Philip Roth, Jacques Derrida, Roland Barthes, Saint-Simon, l. a. Bruy?re, Marcel Proust, and others, the authors illustrate and interact Marks's existential imaginative and prescient, fearlessly probing the human adventure to make feel of the way we are living, die, and comprehend either.
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It might be pointed out that as a result, Simone de Beauvoir’s writings also acquire a certain autonomy by being kept separate from the critical discourse. One may wonder whether the effect of Elaine’s strategy is not to bring the text closer to the commentary but rather to emphasize the distance between the two by their physical separation. This phenomenon is given even greater stress by the presence, at the end of the book, of the notes section that gives the original versions of the anthologized texts, uninterrupted except for two critical references.
Or perhaps she was simply trying to implement her idea (following Blanchot) of “écrire sans pouvoir,” “writing without being able to write, writing without power” (Smothered Words xiv). Perhaps Kofman shared your view, Elaine, that writing and reading could not change the world, could only help us to accept our own mortality. As you know, I do not hold this belief. As you also well know, Elaine, my own father survived Dachau and Buchenwald. I too lived with “smothered words” that hung in the air of our home but could never be spoken.
1 Since childhood, Sigmund Freud has been a constant figure in my affective and intellectual life. . The earliest ontological experience that I remember occurred at the age of four. Elaine Marks, Marrano as Metaphor 31 life writing death 32 Freud invites us to distrust our memories. . The clarity of memory is the sign of its hidden significance. Michael Sheringham, French Autobiography Throughout her career, in her teaching as well as her research, Elaine Marks had a strong affinity with autobiographical writing.
In Memory of Elaine Marks: Life Writing, Writing Death by Richard Goodkin