Madeleine Velguth analyzes the representation of women in the first six novels of Raymond Queneau (1903-1976) in the context of the social and intellectual climate of early twentieth-century France. Her balanced approach shows how surrealism, psychoanalysis and autobiography inform Queneau's sympathetic and finely-drawn portraits of women. Revealing previously unnoticed structures, Velguth's study presents these works as an organic whole: six variations on the theme of the slow maturing of the man and the artist.
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1990. X, 340 pp.
Contents: The Status of Women in the France of Raymond Queneau's Early Novels: 1903-1940 - Women in Queneau's Life - Mothers
and Mediators - The Autobiographical Novels: A Focus on Women. This book is the first to analyze Queneau's portrayal of
women and the first to organize hitherto fragmented biographical data into a narrative. It will interest specialists in twentieth-century
French literature, autobiographical studies and women's studies, as well as the educated general reader who knows some French
and is familiar with Queneau's work.