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Experiment and Experience

Women’s Writing in France 2000–2010

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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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abortion 3, 45, 61 adoption 111 n4 and n5, 112 Africa 146 African cultural heritage 143–57 see also Algeria ageing 9, 84, 169–71 see also grandmothers Algeria 5, 59–74 see also war, Algerian alterity see dif ference Anderson, Jean 6–7 anger 3, 6, 27, 43, 79, 159 Angot, Christine 2, 4, 29 n1, 43 animals 16, 17, 122, 159, 160–1, 165–6, 171, 196 animal studies 9 see also apes; primatology anorexia see eating disorders anthropocentrism 16, 171 post-anthropocentrism 17 apes 9, 24–6, 159–74 see also animals; primatology Arab Spring 5, 59–60, 61 autobiography 2, 3, 4, 29, 33–5, 42, 204 autobiographical fiction 44, 56, 62, 63, 78, 125 autobiography as fiction 144 autofiction 2, 3–4, 29, 30–1, 35–42, 44 n2 Barnet, Marie-Claire 10, 211 Barthes, Roland 186, 203 Bayamack-Tam, Emmanuelle 109, 115, 123 Beauvoir, Simone de 4, 19, 29–42, 88, 159 n2 becoming 18, 34, 41 Best, Victoria 22, 43 Bey, Maïssa 5, 59–74 Beyala, Calixthe 8, 10, 143–57 bio-ethical laws 7, 110–11 biomythography 17, 24 body 9, 44, 181–2, 188, 200 body, female 2, 15, 17–20, 22, 61, 67–8, 85, 111, 113 body, non-human 17–18 body, of the mother 80, 83–5 body and text 10, 143–57, 175–90 see also embodiment borders 2, 10, 166, 182, 189, 192, 194 border-crossings 8, 10, 132, 134, 190, 192–4 borders, permeable 9 borders, porous 10 borders, questioning...

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