At the end of Monsieur Venus, the wax figure with Jacques’ features is totally possessed by Raoule, which represents the culmination of the novel-long project of total ownership. When the object of creation is a living creature with (supposedly) its own agency, the idea of possessing it is very tricky. However, even when the object of creation is inanimate and capable of being possessed, it is still difficult to determine who has the right to own it.
Are the flowers that Jacques makes for Raoule owned by Jacques or Raoule? Who do they belong to? In the case of the architect, Martin Durands, are the buildings he makes his or someone else’s? This potential separation between creation and creator is something that has come up many times before. In Walker’s example of the quilt, it no longer has a specific creator, but rather, it seems like it belongs to the general population. The original artist and its original recipient no longer really matter.
In Monsieur Venus, it could be argued that production occurs for the purpose of personal use, which perhaps differs it from the production of artworks and literature that would have a wider audience, and it is that difference that makes the question of ownership more pressing. Because Raoule is creating Jacques for her own use, she must possess him completely; otherwise, her creation has not achieved its goal.
However, when the production has a wider audience, perhaps it is impossible for a single person to own it. In this sense, Raoule’s manipulations of Jacques affected more than just the two of them–her aunt, Raittolbe, Marie, and others are all affected by Raoule’s actions. So this raises the question of how personal can cultural/artistic production be. Or, if an audience is required for production (and then reproduction) to exist.
I have trouble coming up with an answer that I can’t pull apart with contradictions, but it does seem like that the act of production results in something that is (intentionally or not) larger than the original creator, regardless of the eventual sphere of influence. As evidenced by my rambling post, these ideas aren’t fully fleshed out, but I’d like to see what you all think about the role of ownership within this cluster.