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Love and Sexuality

New Approaches in French Studies


Sarah Donachie and Kim Harrison

The papers collected in this volume are selected from the proceedings of the Love and Sexuality conference held at the University of Leeds in 2002. They bring together a cross-section of new directions in the study of love and sexuality currently being explored in French Studies. The central focus of the collection is the representation of love, desire, erotica and sexuality in the couple, in particular in relation to depictions of women. The contributions share a common concern with problematising issues of love and sexuality across various disciplines, focusing on literary texts, cinema, gender studies, theatre studies, history, visual iconography and cultural studies, and ranging from the sixteenth century to the present day.
Contents: Sarah F. Donachie: Unwriting the ‘Amazone’: Gender Trouble in Stendhal’s Lamiel – Julie Summers: The Economics of Love: The Deal in the Drama of Bernard-Marie Koltès – Sarah Hartshorn: Le Couple: Male-Female Relations and the Viability of the Heterosexual Couple in the Work of Marie Cardinal – Sophie Timmerman: Obsession et frustration: dépasser l’érotique dans Vaste est la prison et La Femme sans sépulture d’Assia Djebar – Nicole Fayard: Sadeian Sisters: Sexuality as Terrorism in the Work of Virginie Despentes – Elizabeth Newton: Perception and Power: The Phenomenology of Sexuality in Robbe-Grillet’s Film and Fiction – Jonathan Hensher: From Innocent to Indecent: Eroticism and Visual Punning in Cochin’s Illustrations to the Roland Furieux – Alisair Swiffen: Double Helix: Two Blueprints for an Erotics of Modernism.