"Qui ceint l'énigme": L’inhumain dans la poésie de Marie-Claire Bancquart

Translated title of the contribution: "Surrounding secrecy": The inhuman in the poetry of Marie-Claire Bancquart

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This chapter explores the poetic works of Marie-Claire Bancquart (born 1932) in its approach to the inhuman, understood both as the experience of the diseased body and as a potentially redeeming quest for what, of the real, eludes the human. This quest re-negotiates the place of the human in a perpetually metamorphic universe, re-inventing Western myths and mobilizing science as possible sites of encounter with the inhuman as enigma.
Translated title of the contribution"Surrounding secrecy": The inhuman in the poetry of Marie-Claire Bancquart
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationDans le feuilletage de la terre: Sur l'oeuvre poétique de Marie-Claire Bancquart
Subtitle of host publicationActes du colloque Cerisy, 3-10 septembre 2011
EditorsBeatrice Bonhomme, Aude Preta-de Beaufort, Jaques Moulin
PublisherPeter Lang Pub.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-0353-0399-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-0343-0721-5 pb
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameModern French Identities
PublisherPeter Lang
ISSN (Print)1422-9005


  • Marie-Claire Bancquart ; contemporary French poetry ; women's writing ; science and literature ; deep time ; writing the diseased body
  • contemporary French poetry
  • science and literature
  • deep time
  • representing the diseased body
  • myth and metamorphosis


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