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«Parcours de femmes»

Twenty Years of Women in French


Edited By Maggie Allison and Angela Kershaw

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.


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Part III Women’s Trajectories in and through Literature Part III considers how French and Francophone women have written their trajectories into the cultural history of modern France through literature. Amaleena Damlé’s contribution opens this part with a theoretical consid- eration of the concept of nomadism and its application to contemporary French and Francophone women’s writing. Gabrielle Parker examines the ways in which the Chinese Francographic writer Ying Chen inscribes her personal trajectories through time, space and female identity via imagina- tive writing. Elise Hugueny-Léger and Nicole Thatcher examine the coinci- dences and divergences between life trajectories and literary trajectories in the works of Annie Ernaux and Marie Chaix respectively. Hugueny-Léger examines the interplay between public and private spaces in Ernaux’s fic- tion. Thatcher’s contribution addresses the question of the memory of the Second World War via the perspective of the French novelist Marie Chaix, whose father collaborated with the Vichy regime. Florence Tilch’s chapter analyses the ways in which Quebecer memories of the Second World War are filtered through female characters in contemporary historical novels. Kaminskas demonstrates how male novelists represented ‘femininity’ through literature in the immediate post-First World War period, when gender identities were in the process of revision and redefinition. Amaleena Damlé Nomadic Trajectories: Postfeminism and Contemporary Women’s Writing in French The concept of nomadism, as initially formulated by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, has become the focal point of much literary analysis in recent years. Opening out spaces that privilege hybridity, liminality and...

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