Desire within Duras’ The Lover and Acker’s Blood and Guts in High School

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The Lover by Marguerite Duras and Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy Acker are both transgressive novels and post modernist fiction. Both novels tell a story of a young girl in which is experimenting with her sexuality at a young age. In The Lover the narrator is in love with a man who is giving her money. Blood and Guts in High School is a fictional novel about the main character’s love for her father amongst other men. The goal of this essay is to explore the desires in which drive both of the young women’s sexual behavior that Duras and Acker express through their narrators. Desire can be defined as a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen. A desire can be expressed as a wish, can be…show more content…
Women can be free sexually, emotionally, and morally. In Duras’ The Lover, the narrator experiences this once she is involved with the Chinese man. She becomes overtaken by her desires and becomes deterritorialized. She is lost with her lover. She has been driven and longing for a relationship with a man and now she has finally got what she wanted. The notion of jouissance can also be shown through the main character’s mother. Although, it is different for her mother. Her mother never has experienced the type of pleasure her daughter has. The two characters are very different. While her daughter is a symbol of sexual pleasure and desire, the mother is quite the opposite. Her depression from the father’s death can cause the lack of interest in other men and decrease her wanting to be with men. Because she never got closure from her husband she is unstable. In Molly Brown-Fuller’s The Postcolonial in The Lover: Hybridity, and Power exchange through sexuality, she explores the ideas of a postcolonial novel along with the ideas of power and desire within The Lover. She analysis Duras’ main character, “It is her participation and submission to her subject’s sexual desire, indicating a mutual exchange of power, and not just a linear direction of dominance” (Brown-Fuller). The essay supports Duras’ work and anaylzes the work towards incorporating Indochinese and modernist ideas. She also explores and analyzes the power exchange between the wealthy Chinese man and

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