Jouer à la poupée chez Rousseau, Michele et Beauvoir

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The description of female childhood often includes the mention of dolls, privileged instruments of gender role edification. By studying three texts that describe the specificity of the little girl (Rousseau's Emile, Michelet's LaFemme, and DeBeauvoir's The Second Sex), this article aims to show the numerous functions held by the doll: substitute, synecdoque, symbol and symptom. The doll also acts as a double screen, revealing the heavy ideology present in the discourse where she herself appears. These texts do not present little girls who play with dolls, but grown women, sad or tragic figures of their author's haunted spirits.
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)63-77
StatePublished - Sep 2003

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