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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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abortion 38 n5, 92, 94, 95 n17, 100, 153 n26 advertising 95 n17, 123, 168 ageing 74, 88, 95–100 androgyny 70 AVFT (Association européenne contre les Violences faites aux Femmes au Travail) 39–40, 49 banlieue(s) 157, 160–6, 168–9, 256 Beauvoir, Simone de 17, 18, 38 n5, 55, 77, 88–9, 95 n19, 99 n24, 159, 256 binary 21–2, 34, 58, 60, 62, 65–6, 70, 90 n10, 116, 226, blood 8 n5, 24, 30–1, 60, 184, 225, 231, 233, 239, 244 body, (trans)gendered 25, 26, 33, 58, 64, 67, 69 boundaries x, 21, 23–6, 28, 30, 33–4, 55, 57–8, 61–2, 64, 67, 69, 87, 93, 161, 162, 163, 165, 173, 185, 201–2, 205, 214, 225 n8, 238, 251, 252 Bourdieu, Pierre 105, 108, 118 Butler, Judith 27, 55, 57–8, 65, 70, 88–90, 116 cinéma direct 143 Cixous, Hélène 23, 75, 256 CNDF (Collectif national pour les droits des femmes) 48–9 CNIDFF (Centre National d’Information sur les Droits des Femmes et des Familles) 47 commercialization 100, 107 commercial success 182–3, 188 complicity 61, 69–70 consumerism xi, 91, 158, 160–1, 164, 166–8 consumer society ix, x, 87–8, 97, 100, 158, 160 corporeal, the 3, 27–8, 57, 65–8, 79, 99, 100, 220, 222, 249–50 corporeality 79, 214, 248 see also incorporeality crime 28, 30–1, 35–6, 38–40, 44–5, 184 cross-dressing x, 175...

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