Women's Writing in Twenty-First-Century France: Life as Literature

Women's Writing in Twenty-First-Century France: Life as Literature

By: Gill Rye (editor), Amaleena Damle (editor)Paperback

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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

About Author

Gill Rye is Professor Emerita, and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Women's Writing at the University of London. She specialises in gender studies and French language and literature. Amaleena Damle is an affiliated lecturer at the University of Cambridge and her research interests consist of notions of embodiment, affect, gender and sexuality in 20th- and 21st-century French and francophone literature, philosophy and visual culture.

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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 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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  • ISBN13: 9781783162062
  • Format: Paperback
  • ID: 9781783162062
  • ISBN10: 1783162066

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