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Women's Writing in Contemporary France
New Writers, New Literatures in the 1990s
Gill Rye   Michael Worton  

$33.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2003
ISBN: 9780719062278    


272 Pages

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Distributed for Manchester University Press



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About the Book

The 1990s witnessed a veritable explosion in women's writing in France, with a particularly exciting new generation of writers coming to the fore, names like Christine Angot, Marie Darrieussecq and Régine Detambel. Other authors such as Paule Constant, Sylvie Germain, Marie Redonnet and Leïla Sebbar, who had begun publishing in the 1980s, claimed their mainstream status in the 1990s with new texts.

This book provides an up-to-date introduction to and analysis of new women's writing in contemporary France including both new writers of the 1990s and their more established counterparts. The editors' incisive introduction situates these authors and their texts at the centre of the current trends and issues concerning French literary production today, whilst fifteen original essays focus on individual writers.

The volume includes specialist bibliographies on each writer, incorporating English translations, major interviews, and key critical studies. Quotations are given in both French and English throughout.

An invaluable study resource, its clear and accessible style makes this book of interest to the general reader as well as to students of all levels, to teachers of a wide range of courses on French culture, and to specialist researchers of French and Francophone literature.


About the Author(s)

Gill Rye is Lecturer in French at the Institute of Romance Studies, University of London.
Michael Worton is Vice-Provost and Fielden Professor of French Language and Literature at University College London.


Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction, Gill Rye and Michael Worton

Section I: Rewriting the past
1 Louise L. Lambrichs: trauma, dream and narrative - Victoria Best
2 Evermore or nevermore? Memory and identity in Marie Redonnet's fiction of the 1990s - Aine Smith
3 The female vampire: Chantal Chawaf's melancholic Autofiction - Kathryn Robson
4 Lost and found: mother-daughter relations in Paule Constant's fiction - Gill Rye
5 Puzzling out the fathers: Sibylkle Lacan's Un Pere: puzzle - Elizabeth Fallaize

Section II: Writing the dynamics of identity
6 Anatomical writing: Blasons d'un corps masculin, L'Ecrivaillon and La Ligne apre by Regine Detambel - Marie-Claire Barnet
7 'On ne s'entendait plus et e'etait parfait ainsi' (They could no longer hear each other and it was just fine that way): misunderstandings in the novels of Agnes Desarthe - Sarah Alyn-Stacey
8 Textual mirrors and uncertain reflections: gender narrative in L'Hiver de beaute, les Ports du silence and La Rage au bois dormant by Christiane Baroche - Gill Rye
9 The articulation of 'Beur' female identity in the works of Farida Belghoul, Farudja Kessas and Soraya Nini - Siobhan McIlvanney
10 Saying the unsayable: identities in crisis in the early novels of Marie Darrieussecq - Shirley Jordan

Section III: Transgressions and transformation
11 Experiment and experience in the phototextual projects of Sophie Calle - Johnnie Gratton
12 Christine Angot's 'autofictions': literature and/or reality? - Marion Sadoux
13 'Il n'y a pas de troisième voie': Sylvie Germain and the generic problems of the Christian novel - Margaret-Anne Hutton
14 The subversion of the gaze: Shérazade and other women in the work of Leïla Sebbar - Margaret A. Majumdar
15 Unnatural women and uncomfortable readers? Clotile Escalle's tales of transgression - Michael Worton

Conclusion - Rye and Worton
Individual author bibliography


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Women's Studies


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