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Women Matter / «Femmes Matière»

French and Francophone Women and the Material World

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Edited By Maggie Allison and Imogen Long

This volume is based on papers given at the biennial Women in French conference held in Leeds in May 2011. Drawing on a range of interconnecting disciplines and forms of cultural production, it explores the relationship between French and Francophone women and the material world. Bringing together researchers from the United Kingdom, France and other Francophone countries, the book reflects the engagement of women researchers with contemporary debates.
The first section focuses on the female body, examining dance and the performing arts but also the material objectification suffered by rape victims in France. The next highlights the contradictions of the im/materiality of the body, the act of writing and the text, in terms of dichotomies, permeable identities and fluid boundaries. The third section turns its attention to the practicalities of ‘the material’ in relation to women’s engagement with the economy – the gendering of domestic work, women’s discourse, the precariousness of women’s employment and the alienating impersonality of consumer spaces. The concluding section considers the relationship of the female body to the material object, whether subverting, co-opting or indeed absorbing it. In the final chapters of the book the tactile and the visual converge in explorations of ‘the material’ in cinematic representations of the female body.

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MAGGIE ALLISON is Honorary Visiting Senior Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Bradford. Her research and publications in gender and media cover the women’s press, sexual harassment and the role of women in politics. Among her co-edited volumes are several arising from Women in French conferences. DÚNLAITH BIRD is Maître de Langue at the École normale supérieure, Paris, having obtained her doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2009. She has published on Francophone and Anglophone women travel writers, including Olympe Audouard, Isabella Bird and Isabelle Eberhardt, as well as on the works of Samuel Beckett. Her monograph Travelling in Dif ferent Skins: Gender Identity in European Women’s Oriental Travelogues, 1850–1950 was published in 2012. KAMILA BOUCHEMAL is a PhD candidate in gender and women’s studies at the University of Paris 8 Vincennes–Saint Denis. The title of her thesis is ‘Hermeneutics of the Body in the Works of Malika Mokeddem, Gisèle Pineau and Jamaica Kincaid’. Her research fields include migrant literature, postcolonialism, the female body, gender and sexualities. JILLIA CLIMO was recently awarded her PhD in French Studies by the University of Birmingham. She has lectured in film and media studies (moving image) in both production and theory. Her principal areas of research are the analysis of gender in French film, the representation of nation in contemporary popular French film and recent film philosophies. 256 Notes on Contributors JULIA DOBSON is Reader in French Film and Performance at the University of Shef...

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