Felicity Gee
Search for other papers by Felicity Gee in
Current site
Google Scholar
‘The dung beetle’s snowball’
The philosophic narcissism of Claude Cahun’s essay-poetry
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

This chapter considers the writing of Claude Cahun, and in particular Disavowals (1930), as a philosophical testing of the boundaries both of the written word and of the self. Adopting Pierre Mac Orlan’s designation of the textual fragments in Disavowals as ‘poem-essays and essay-poems’, the chapter demonstrates how Cahun’s work dialectically engages the realms of the poetic and the philosophical in order to provide a radical commentary on the intimately personal as well as on aspects of society, politics, culture, and gender in the early twentieth century – a commentary that still holds relevance for the twenty-first-century reader.

  • Collapse
  • Expand

All of MUP's digital content including Open Access books and journals is now available on manchesterhive.


Surrealist women’s writing

A critical exploration



All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 396 172 14
Full Text Views 49 33 0
PDF Downloads 39 22 0