Le Corps Lesbien

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The Lesbian Body
The Lesbian Body.jpg
English translation edition cover
Author Monique Wittig
Original title Les Corps Lesbien
Translator David LaVey
Country United States
Language English
Genre Feminist, Philosophical novel
Publisher Beacon Press
Published in English
15 February 1986
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 165 pp (Beacon Press paperback edition)
ISBN 0-8070-6307-X
823/.912 20
Preceded by L’Opoponax
Followed by Brouillon pour un dictionnaire des amantes

The Lesbian Body is a 1973 novel by Monique Wittig. It was translated into English in 1975.[1]

Plot introduction[edit]

According to Wittig's New York Times obituary, 'lesbian lovers literally invade each other's bodies as an act of love'.[1]

Literary significance and criticism[edit]

Wittig said, 'When I came upon the title, Corps Lesbien, the association of these two words made me laugh. It was absurdly sarcastic.'.[2]


  1. ^ a b DOUGLAS MARTIN (2003-01-12). "Monique Wittig, 67, Feminist Writer, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-05.
  2. ^ Serth Clark Silberman, '"I Have Access to Your Glottis"; The Fleshy Syntax, Ethical Irony, and Queer Intimacy of Monique Wittig's Le Corps Lesbien', Monique Wittig: At the Crossroads of Criticism, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, special issue, Duke University Press, 2007, page 469