Because it stems from the pre-oedipal phase, it is bound up in the child's contact withthe mother's body, whereas the symbolic is associated with the law of the father. Thesemiotic, though not exclusive to women, is nevertheless closely connected to them, for itarises from a pre-oedipal, maternal phase that does not recognize distinctions of gender (, 89-136, and Eagleton on Kristeva, "Feminist LiteraryTheory", 214).


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