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Women’s Writing in Twenty-First-Century France

Life as Literature

Editor(s): Gill Rye Amaleena Damlé

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism

Series: French and Francophone Studies

April 2013320 pages

Hardback - 9780708325889 Paperback - 9781783162062 eBook - epub - 9781783160419 eBook - mobi - 9781783160426 eBook - pdf - 9780708325896

About The Book

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 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 bestseller, 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 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 = ?’: Chloé 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
19. Conclusion, Amaleena Damlé and Gill Rye

Endorsements

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

Contents

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 the Editor(s)

Gill Rye

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.

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Amaleena Damlé

Amaleena Damlé 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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