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Women's Writing in Twenty-First-Century France

Life as Literature

Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: University of Wales Press, Wales, United Kingdom
Published: 24th Apr 2015
Dimensions: w 132mm h 215mm d 28mm
Weight: 420g
ISBN-10: 1783162066
ISBN-13: 9781783162062
Barcode No: 9781783162062
Women's Writing in Twenty-First Century France is the first book-length publication on women-authored literature of this period, and comprises a collection of challenging critical essays that engage with the themes, trends and issues, and with the writers and their texts, of the first decade of the twenty-first century. PART ONE: Women's Writing in Twenty-First-Century France: Trends and Issues 1. Women's writing in twenty-first-century France: introduction, Amaleena Damle 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 bestseller, Diana Holmes PART TWO: Society, Culture, Family 4. Vichy, Jews, enfants caches: 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' metissage, Andrew Asibong 7. Rediscovering the absent father, a question of recognition: Despentes, Tardieu, Lori Saint-Martin 8. Babykillers: Veronique Olmi and Laurence Tardieu on motherhood, Natalie Edwards PART THREE: Body, Life, Text 9. The becoming of anorexia and text in Amelie Nothomb's Robert des noms propres and Delphine de Vigan's Jours sans faim, Amaleena Damle 10. The human-animal in Ananda Devi's texts: towards an ethics of hybridity?, Ashwiny O. Kistnareddy 11. Embodiment, environment and the re-invention 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 theorie)? Anne Garreta's sphinxes, Owen Heathcote 18. Amelie the aesthete: art and politics in the world of Amelie Nothomb, Anna Kemp 19. Conclusion, Amaleena Damle and Gill Rye

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This thrilling book offers a sensitive, charged, and radically hybrid account of women's writing in France in the current century. Amaleena Damle and Gill Rye have brought together undoubtedly the finest critics in the field. Their volume will be quickly the work of reference on its topic. As such it acts as a beautiful tribute to the brilliant scholar to whose memory it is dedicated, Elizabeth Fallaize, and demonstrates how the feminist work she initiated in French Studies is far from finished. Richly defending the gender specificity of perspectives into 'women's lives, experiences and creativity' in the works discussed, the editors channel their long-held passion for and commitment to women's writing in French. The essays included bear witness to the vivid literary interest of such fictions and to the moves through which they are opening in unexpected ways to history, to anxiety, to hunger, to animality, to infancy, to metissage, to sex. Professor Emma Wilson, University of Cambridge Damle and Rye have chosen to focus the essays in this volume on the work of authors living and working in metropolitan France over the past decade. This proves to have been an inspired decision, and the range of topics covered in these essays is astonishing. The writers selected as representatives of the twenty-first century in France are very diverse and address a wide range of themes, many of which are familiar from the last three decades of the 20th century: family, relations, violence, identity and identities, the role of history, the limits and possibilities of writing, and so on. Women's Writing in Twenty-First-Century France should be compulsory reading for everyone interested in what is happening to creative writing today in France. Professor Michael Worton, Vice-Provost and Fielden Professor of French Language and Literature, UCL "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