Body, Love and Maternity in Sylvia Plath and Forough Farrokhzad: A Study Based on Helen Cixous's Ecriture Feminine

Abdol Hossein Joodaki, Asrin Vajdi


Sylvia Plath and Forough Farrokhzad share same themes and concerns in their poetry and same points in their lives. Living in the tumult of post-war era, they are the advocates of Ecriture Feminine proposed by Helen Cixous in” The Laugh of Medusa” as a model which follows feminine desire and the language of body. By applying Ecriture Feminine these poets deconstruct Jacque Lacan’s phallocentrism and Sigmund Freud’s misogynist psychoanalytic closure. They are not afraid to talk about their bodies and love; they are pioneers who transgress phallocentrism. The toils of motherhood and contradictory reactions toward pregnancy are major themes in their work.


Sylvia Plath; Forough Farrokhzad; Helen Cixous; Ecriture Feminine; Body; Motherhood

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