La Borde

Poetic Counterpoints: Emmanuelle Guattari’s I, Little Asylum

Poetic Counterpoints: Emmanuelle Guattari’s I, Little Asylum

In I, Little Asylum, Emmanuelle Guattari reflects on her childhood at La Borde, an experimental psychiatric clinic founded in 1951 in the Loire Valley, France. Are the textures of this novel cum memoir particular to its setting? Can we detect in the book’s rhythm and style anything that directly belies growing up in this ‘clinic disguised as a castle’?