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Experiment and Experience

Women’s Writing in France 2000–2010


Edited By Gill Rye and Amaleena Damlé

Experiment and Experience is a collection of critical essays on twenty-first-century women-authored literature in France. In particular, the volume focuses on how contemporary women’s writing engages creatively with socio-political issues and real-life experiences. Authors covered include well-established names, the ‘new generation’ of writers who first came to the fore of the French literary scene in the 1990s and whose work has now matured into an important œuvre, as well as new emerging writers of the 2000s, whose work is already attracting scholarly and critical attention. Within the overarching theme of ‘experiment and experience’, the contributors explore a range of issues: identities, family relations, violence, borders and limits, and the environment. They consider fiction, autobiography, writing for the theatre, autofiction and other hybrid genres and forms. Their analyses highlight difficult issues, refreshing perspectives and exciting new themes at the start of the new millennium and moving forward into the coming decades.


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Jean Anderson is Associate Professor and Programme Director for French at Victoria University of Wellington and editor of the New Zealand Journal of French Studies. Recent publications include ‘Seeing Double: Representing Otherness in the Franco-Pacific Thriller’, in The Foreign in International Crime Fiction: Transcultural Representations (2012), which she co-edited with Carolina Miranda and Barbara Pezzotti, and ‘La Famille au cœur de tout: les relations homme-femme dans l’œuvre de Thérèse Bentzon’, in Écrire les hommes: personnages masculins et masculinité dans les œuvres des écrivaines de la Belle Époque, co-edited with France Grenaudier-Klijn and Elizabeth-Christine Muelsch (2012). ‘The Veiled Mirror – Epiphany and Epicalyptry in Contemporary French Women’s Writing about Aging’ appears in Joy Charnley and Caroline Verdier (eds), As Time Goes By: Portraits of Age (2013). Marie-Claire Barnet is Senior Lecturer at Durham University, UK. Her publications include À nos enfances: portraits d’enfants et de parents dans les écrits et l’art contemporains en France (forthcoming), Af faires de famille: The Family in Contemporary French Culture and Theory (with Edward Welch, 2007), Robert Desnos (with Eric Robertson and Nigel Saint, 2006) and many articles on women’s writing. She has also co-edited, with Shirley Jordan, two volumes on women and space in contemporary French writ- ing and visual arts by women: Dalhousie French Studies 93 (Winter 2010) and L’Esprit Créateur 51.1 (Spring 2011). Her current research has a keen intersection with philosophy, life-writing and visual arts, in particular, Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy and Gilles Deleuze. Amaleena Damlé is Research Fellow...

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