Gérard Étienne: Une femme muette (2462 words)

Maya Hauptman (University of Haifa )
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Une femme muette [A Silenced Woman] is the story of Anna (see note 1), a Haitian black woman who escapes from a Montreal psychiatric hospital where she has been interned by her husband, Gros Zo, who is a doctor at the same institution. Willing to get rid of her and marry as soon as possible Penny, a nurse who works with him, he pretends that his wife is a mad and dangerous far relative. Through his relationship with Penny, an Anglo-Saxon from a rich family, daughter of a well-known lawyer of the high society, he intends to boost his reputation.

Coming from a poor family, Gros Zo was able to study medicine only thanks to his wife’s hard work. Nonetheless, he has no recognition for her. Gérard Étienne t…

Citation: Hauptman, Maya. "Une femme muette". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 February 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38856, accessed 03 June 2020.]

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