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Women’s Writing in Twenty-First-Century France

Life As Literature

Women’s Writing in Twenty-First-Century France is a collection of critical essays on recent literature written by women in France. It takes stock of the themes, issues, and trends in women’s writing of the first decade of the twenty-first century and engages critically with the work of individual authors through close readings. Authors covered include major prizewinners, best-selling authors, and established and new writers whose work has attracted scholarly attention. Topics covered in the essays include translation, popular fiction, society, history, war, family relations, violence, trauma, the body, racial identity, sexual identity, feminism, life-writing, and textual/aesthetic experiments.

320 pages | 6 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2013

French and Francophone Studies

Literature and Literary Criticism: Romance Languages

Women's Studies

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“The volume as a whole offers the reader a nice overview of what is written by women today in France. Recommended.”

S. Vanbaelen, Butler University | Choice

“This exciting and comprehensive study of recent women’s writing offers new interpretations of well-known writers and welcome introductions to lesser-known texts. An essential point of reference to scholars of contemporary literature.”

Kathryn Robson, Newcastle University

Table of Contents

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Part One: Women’s Writing in Twenty-First-Century France: Trends and Issues
1. Women’s Writing in Twenty-First-Century France: Introduction
      Amaleena Damlé and Gill Rye
2. What ‘Passes’?: French Women Writers and Translation into English
      Lynn Penrod
3. What Women Read: Contemporary Women’s Writing and the Best-seller
      Diana Holmes
Part Two: Society, Culture, Family
4. Vichy, Jews, Enfants Cachés: French Women Writers Look Back
      Lucille Cairns
5. Wives and Daughters in Literary Works Representing the Harkis
      Susan Ireland
6. (Not) Seeing Things: Marie NDiaye, (Negative) Hallucination and ‘Blank’ Métissage
      Andrew Asibong
7. Rediscovering the Absent Father, a Question of Recognition: Despentes, Tardieu
      Lori Saint-Martin
8. Babykillers: Véronique Olmi and Laurence Tardieu on Motherhood
      Natalie Edwards
Part Three: Body, Life, Text
9. The Becoming of Anorexia and Text in Amélie Nothomb’s Robert des noms propres and Delphine de Vigan’s Jours sans faim
      Amaleena Damlé
10. The Human-Animal in Ananda Devi’s Texts: Towards an Ethics of Hybridity?
      Ashwiny O. Kistnareddy
11. Embodiment, Environment and the Reinvention of Self in Nina Bouraoui’s Life-Writing
      Helen Vassallo
12. Irreverent Revelations: Women’s Confessional Practices of the Extreme Contemporary
      Barbara Havercroft
13. Contamination Anxiety in Annie Ernaux’s Twenty-First-Century Texts
      Simon Kemp
Part Four: Experiments, Interfaces, Aesthetics
14. Experience and Experiment in the Work of Marie Darrieussecq
      Helena Chadderton
15. Interfaces: Verbal/Visual Experiment in New Women’s Writing in French
      Shirley Jordan
16. ‘Autofiction + x = ?’: Chloe Delaume’s Experimental Self-Representations
      Deborah B. Gaensbauer
17. Beyond Antoinette Fouque (Il y a deux sexes) and Beyond Virginie Despentes (King Kong théorie)? Anne Garréta’s Sphinxes
      Owen Heathcote
18. Amélie the Aesthete: Art and Politics in the World of Amélie Nothomb
      Anna Kemp
      Amaleena Damlé and Gill Rye

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