Women’s Writing in Twenty-First-Century France: Life as Literature, edited by Amaleena Damlé and Gill Rye, was featured last Friday at a cross-cultural launch event to celebrate recent publications on women’s writing. An international group of scholars and experts with specialist interests ranging through French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish literature assembled at the Centre for the Study of Women’s Writing, Institute of Modern Languages Research (London), to listen to a series of book presentations and a roundtable discussion, and to distil, discuss and debate new trends in women’s writing in the twenty-first-century. A spirited and searching set of conversations explored resonances and discords between different cultural contexts and unearthed new perspectives on the body, femininity, affect, sexuality, history, memory, technology, the media, and the place of women’s writing in contemporary life, in the academy and beyond. With a paperback version announced for Spring 2015, this was a timely moment to celebrate the achievement and impact that Women’s Writing in Twenty-First-Century France has already engendered.


More information about some of the other books featured in the launch, including two further edited volumes by Damlé and Rye, can be found here: