Les Guérillères

Les Gu rill res One of the most widely read and frequently cited feminist novels of our time A delectable epic of sex warfare extraordinary leap of the imagination into the politics of oppression and revolt Mary McCa

  • Title: Les Guérillères
  • Author: Monique Wittig David Le Vay
  • ISBN: 9780807063019
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of the most widely read and frequently cited feminist novels of our time A delectable epic of sex warfare extraordinary leap of the imagination into the politics of oppression and revolt Mary McCarthy

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  • Monique Wittig David Le Vay

    Monique Wittig was a French author and feminist theorist particularly interested in overcoming gender and the heterosexual contract She published her first novel, L opoponax, in 1964 Her second novel, Les Gu rill res 1969 , was a landmark in lesbian feminism.

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  • They say henceforward what they are is not subject to compromise. They say they must now stop exalting the vulva. They say that they must break the last bond that binds them to a dead culture. They say that any symbol that exalts the fragmented body is transient, must disappear. Thus it was formerly. They, the women, the integrity of the body their first principle, advance marching together into another world.Wittig's book is inextricably linked with her feminist theory but can also be enjoyed a [...]


  • Les Guérillères by Monique Wittig, David Le Vay (Translator) 3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  274 ratings  ·  33 reviews One of the most widely read and frequently cited feminist novels of our time. [with 10 editions]Must have been some other time, someone else’s time. Of my gr=Friends, only JSA Lowe has read it. Previously marked as to=read by Jonathan, Ali, Jeremy, with Lisa giving it the nod just three days ago. Top gr=Review has 4 Likes. On the other hand, last I chec [...]


  • This book really deserves a review more in-depth than "lyrically written disjointed barbarian woman vignettes," but that's all I got right now. It handles militant feminism in a palatable and beautifully written way that I don't find at all isolating or discomforting. It avoids the "men are pigs" cliche, even when the ian barbarian babes are spearing them down,flaying them open, and tanning their hides. A lot of gorgeous pastoral,post-apocalyptic imagery punctuated by pages featuring either larg [...]


  • This is one of the first books that taught me how to write a novel that works more like a multimedia installation than a regular event-contingent narrative. It is a brilliant, gorgeous book that not enough people know about. And, even if the boys at the end are girlish pony-tail boys who live to serve and sing Marxist songs, I can overlook that simple (but sexy to some) fetishization of feminized masculinity and call this work a proto-punk feminist masterpiece.


  • What is the plot? I don't know. The plot is female rage and barbarism, distrust of the symbolic order, glittering images of the wild planet, flowers and bloodshed, ending with a ray of communist hope. The plot is amorphous gendered fury cut through with ritual recitations of the named and specific, because every woman is also an individual. This is also the best baby name book ever written, I'd change my name to Anemone Flavien posthaste, but I actually quite like the one I've got. Monique Witti [...]


  • Monique Wittig writes:They play a game. It is performed on an enormous parade-ground. The ground is divided into zones corresponding to the colours of the spectrum. There are a hundred and fifty violet hoops a hundred and fifty indigo hoops a hundred and fifty blue hoops a hundred and fifty green hoops a hundred and fifty yellow hoops a hundred and fifty orange hoops a hundred and fifty red hoops. The teams consist of seventy-five persons each, arranged on either side of the midline of the parad [...]


  • After at last overcoming the trauma of menstrual painting, I'm trying to rectify years of neglect of lesbian feminism by giving this one a shot. The prose is taut and the vignettes attempt to deal with the community or the crowd without burdening the reader with a psychological narrative centered around the development of one individual. The whole thing is rife with political implications that I'm only beginning to discover, but this is so much better than reading ethnographic descriptions of ri [...]


  • Either this hadn't been translated yet when I was in college or it was really hard to find, but I was stuck reading it in French. There's nothing like trying to parse euphemisms for the clitoris in a foreign language. It's a fantasy-esque story (sort of) of what all-female community might look like, like a more obtuse, abstract version of Joanna Russ's book The Female Man, which I suspect it inspired. It's interrupted every so often with lists of mythological heroines' names. Sometimes a little [...]


  • Same style and format as The Lesbian Body. Wittig turns gender dogma on its head in such a beautiful way. Great for students taking feminist theory, even if the text is not assigned.


  • "They say, men in their way have adored you like a goddess or else burned you at their stakes or else relegated you to their service in their back-yards. They say, so doing they have always in their speech dragged you in the dirt. They say, in speaking they have possessed violated taken subdued humiliated you to their hearts' content. They say, oddly enough what they have exalted in their words as an essential difference is a biological variation. They say, they have described you as they descri [...]


  • Compleja y curiosa obra de ficción escrita en prosa poética por la autora de célebres ensayos sobre feminismo lesbiano. Narra, y a la vez se convierte en sí misma, la revolución social y lingüística contra el heteropatriarcado y el binarismo de género. La sociedad de Las Guerrilleras nace tras vencer en cruenta batalla no a los hombres sino al logofalocentrismo y al contrato sexual. Y a partir de ahí desarrollan su lenguaje, sus ritos, sus relaciones.“Dicen que como son portadoras de [...]


  • I was really debating whether or not to give this one 4 stars, but I'd say it's more of a 3.5, leaning down. I like Wittig-her essay "One is Not Born a Woman" is one of my faves in fem theory, and I really enjoy several from her collection "The Straight Mind." I see where she's going with Les Guerrileres, I do, and I respect it and often there are incredibly beautiful passages. I had tons of highlighting on fierce moments, and enjoyed reading it as it happened. But now I've set the book down and [...]


  • Cryptic, but intriguing, this is probably the best-known work of the late Monique Wittig. The title does not refer to "female warriors” in the literal sense, but more in terms of women’s struggles in society throughout history. The novel is actually more of an anti-erotic work as Wittig’s goal is to downplay all the sexual stereotypes on the female body and advocate that society stop reacting to women simply in terms of their anatomy. She says women should fit in to the universality of hum [...]


  • I'm trying to read this in French. Wish me luck. Even so, Wittig's prose gleams through; makes me wish i could read it faster! In the next few weeks, I might get in a few pages a day at best.[About a year later:This is such a beautiful book. I wish I could read it without stumbling through with a French dictionary in hand. I think a translation would ruin the effect. Especially one that translates "elles" as "the women," as I've heard that the published English translation does. Talk about missi [...]


  • problem 1: this is a series of prose poems. poetry is difficult to translate. i do not read french. problem 2: radical feminist. some scenes ripe for worst anti-feminist satire. same with overarching symbol, asking it to carry many meanings, this being the o, the circle, the ‘vulval ring’. maybe all problems because of the attempt to create a feminist language. problem 3: i am not lesbian but hetero. and a man. on the other hand, i like joanna russ’s female man… oh well, book is short, a [...]


  • Stylistically, this really reminded me of Jeanette Winterson's writing, though published long before her. The separated paragraphs serving to recount several concurrent narrative lines recalled Sexing the Cherry. It's always interesting for me to discover where the authors I enjoy find their inspiration.



  • This book is a true feminist/sci-fi treasure.A utopian/dystopian society of lesbians take on the known world, with bullets



  • "They speak together of the threat they have constituted towards authority, they tell how they were burned on pyres to prevent them from assembling in future. They were able to command tempests, to sink fleets, to destroy armies. They have been mistresses of poisons, of the winds, of the will. They were able to exercise their powers at will and to transform all kinds of persons into mere animals, geese pigs birds turtles. They have ruled over life and death. Their conjoint power has menaced hier [...]


  • The form of the book is unusual. It’s a series of paragraphs that don’t always make sense as a story. Small sections pulled me along because they were so harshly true, or beautiful. Eventually the story emerged, and it was interesting, but not as good as the little pieces taken individually. This is a radical book about the power of women, their bodies, language, symbols and circles. Shocking to read, sometimes tenderly familiar, other times sickeningly strange.



  • I am clearly not cut out for post-modern books. I admit this fault straight away, so that those of you who find them appealing can safely close this review, safe in the knowledge that I'm hopelessly out of touch.With that past, Les Geurilleres was a slog for me. I love both science fiction and feminist theory, so the description had me waiting with bated breath for this book to be delivered. Alas, it is the style of writing which put me off, and the theory contained within is just simply outdate [...]


  • Les Guérillères is more a circular art installation than a book and I kind of loved it. It's more abstract than I'm used too, but the insistence on the femme was such a breath of fresh air while I trudge through the bogs of MFA reading. From page one, Les Guérillères has a sense of all encompassing wholeness to it that literary fiction always seems to be searching for.Before you pick it up, here's some tips that prepared me for reading: (1) the "story" is told in a series of very lyrical vig [...]


  • "The women say that they could not eat hare veal or fowl, they say that they could not eat animals, but man, yes, they may. He says to them throwing his head back with pride, poor wretches of women, if you eat him who will go to work in the fields, who will produce food consumer goods, who will make the aeroplanes, who will pilot them, who will provide the spermatozoa, who will write the books, who in fact will govern? Then the women laugh, baring their teeth to the fullest extent" (97).Unfortun [...]


  • Almost like a series of short dreams. Sometimes fascinating, sometimes sensuous, sometimes revolting. Always strong. Ideas that were empowering to women reading this in the late 1960's and early 1970's are still empowering to women today. In Wittig's world of wild women, Feminaries are the ancient sacred texts through which women learn about the intricacies of their bodies, and their sexuality. OOOOOOOO


  • CD, this reading was just way too over my head for me to follow it. Like we discussed, there were sections that I completely and totally loved, or phrases and passages that really spoke to me, but there's no real way of me discussing this book in an intelligent matter. It's the epitome of "I like it but I don't get it." Kind of like Inception.


  • Incoherent and plotless. Terrible world building. Boring, despite explicit violence and explicit descriptions of female genitalia. Tries to be profound, but fails. The individual passages aren’t too bad, but there is absolutely nothing to tie them together. The constant listing of women’s names in capital letters did not add to the story.


  • I would like to get a copy of this in english, as I think I'm missing a lot of the nuances reading it in the original french. But I found her vision of a female society interesting, all the more so for it's ephemeral feeling. It wast vague, but a little dream like. Or maybe my french is not up to par.


  • I really enjoyed this book. The prose were gorgeous, the style of writing compelling. My only warning to readers would be that when it gets violent, it gets extremely, unbelievably violent. So be forwarned. Also if you are offended by 'misandry,' this book is not for you.


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