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<I>Parcours de femmes</I>

Allison, Maggie / Kershaw, Angela (eds)

Parcours de femmes

Twenty Years of Women in French

Series: Modern French Identities - Volume 73

Year of Publication: 2011

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. XIV, 299 pp., num. tables and graphs
ISBN 978-3-0343-0208-1 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.460 kg, 1.014 lbs

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Book synopsis

This collection of essays celebrates twenty years of Women in French, a network of female academics working in the discipline of French Studies. Based on papers delivered at the group’s tenth biennial conference in Leeds, which was entitled ‘Le parcours’, the volume investigates the theme of trajectories in French and Francophone women’s lives and writings.
The book begins with consideration of the ways in which traces of women’s lives, experiences and texts are conserved in archives and communicated to new generations of readers through the practice of women’s biography. It then addresses the presence of women in public spaces such as journalism, politics and the street. The volume goes on to examine women’s representations in literary space and their use of imaginative writing to depict, interrogate and transform their life trajectories. It considers women’s movements through geographical space, looking at the intersections between gender and travel. With the inclusion of essays from a range of disciplinary perspectives, the volume highlights the variety of French and Francophone women’s contributions to society, culture and politics as well as celebrating the diversity of women’s contributions to the discipline of French Studies in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Europe.


Contents: Maggie Allison/Diana Holmes: Preface: The Parcours of Women in French, UK – Siân Reynolds: Tracking Lives: Women’s Biography in Perspective – Caroline Verdier: Trajectories of Two Women’s Libraries: A Comparative Study of the Bibliothèque Léonie La Fontaine and the Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand – Jane Chapman: A Business Trajectory: Assessing Female Representation in Le Petit Journal, Europe’s First Mass Circulation Daily – Maggie Allison: ‘Femme Fatale’ or ‘Femme Phénix’? The Discourse-Trajectory of 2007 Presidential Candidate Ségolène Royal – Manda Green: Hello, Goodbye? Women’s Trajectories within the French National Assembly – Imogen Long: Ecrire pour me parcourir: Gisèle Halimi’s parcours and the Role of her Autobiography – Estelle Soudant-Depelchin: Trajectories of Homeless Women in France – Amaleena Damlé: Nomadic Trajectories: Postfeminism and Contemporary Women’s Writing in French – Gabrielle Parker: An Illusory Journey: The Mermaid’s Trajectory in Ying Chen’s Fiction – Elise Hugueny-Léger: Du Dedans au Dehors: Trajectories of the Self in Diaries by Annie Ernaux – Nicole Thatcher: Marie Chaix’s Trajectory as a Writer: The Ever Present Past and the Influence of Feminism – Florence Tilch: Feminising War Experience: Representations of the Second World War in Québécois Historical Fiction – Jurate Kaminskas: Reading Victor Margueritte and Léon Frapié: Motherhood, the Emancipated Woman and Female Identity – Dawn M. Cornelio: I’m going back where I came from: Travels in Language and Prose in Marie Etienne’s Sensò, la guerre and Silvia Baron-Supervielle’s Le livre du retour – Michelle Royer: The Hijacking of a Genre: French Female Film-makers and the Road Movie – Joy Charnley: Ella Maillart and Laurence Deonna: Impressions of the USSR – Angela Kershaw: ‘For lust of knowing what should not be known’: Ella Maillart, Ethel Mannin and the Journey to Russia in the 1930s.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Maggie Allison is Honorary Visiting Senior Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Bradford. Her research and publications in gender and media in France cover journalism, the women’s press, sexual harassment and the role of women in politics. She has also published, in collaboration with Sheila Perry, on the televised débats participatifs broadcast prior to the 2007 French presidential elections, focusing on representations of diversity and gender.
Angela Kershaw is Senior Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on literature and culture of the interwar period and the Second World War in France. She is the author of Forgotten Engagements: Women, Literature and the Left in 1930s France (2007) and Before Auschwitz: Irène Némirovsky and the Cultural Landscape of Inter-war France (2010).


Modern French Identities. Vol. 73
Edited by Peter Collier