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This article, based on a few of her works (three volumes of the “Children of Violence” series, two novels entitled “The Golden Notebook” and “Memoirs of a Survivor” and three autobiographical pieces), explores the way Doris Lessing’s writing shapes and stages the transmission of violence. The core question is what the article’s author calls “risk of filicide,” which is the risk of disinvestment (as Piera Aulagnier defined it), potentially fatal for children and therefore impossible to manage. This can generate contradictory injunctions. The purpose of the article is to identify them and to reveal their effects on the relationship with the child, demonstrating how taking care of children could be about taking into account the complexity of the emotional movements that link us to them.


  • Doris Lessing
  • transmission of violence
  • risk of filicide
  • care
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