Women and the City in French Literature and Culture: Reconfiguring the Feminine in the Urban Environment

Women and the City in French Literature and Culture: Reconfiguring the Feminine in the Urban Environment


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An exciting, interdisciplinary collection of essays examining women’s relationship to the city, which radically challenges many of the accepted commonplaces surrounding women’s roles and positions within an urban space typically characterized as masculine. These essays form part of the wider movement in academic research to redress the gendered imbalance of perspectives on a range of subjects, allowing us to look anew at French and Francophone culture and history as part of this feminist rewriting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786834324
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Publication date: 09/23/2019
Series: French and Francophone Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Siobhán McIlvanney is reader in French and Francophone women’s writing at King’s College London. Gillian Ni Cheallaigh is a former Lecturer in French and Francophone women’s writing at King’s College London, and currently an independent researcher.

Table of Contents

Series Editors' Preface vii

List of Illustrations ix

Notes on Contributors xi

Introduction Siobhán McIlvanney Gillian Ni Cheallaigh 1

Part I Images of the Flâneuse: Mediatic Representations of Women's Relationship to the City

Chapter 1 A City for Young Ladies: The Parisian Flâneuse of the Journal des Demoiselles Lucie Roussel Richard 25

Chapter 2 Unfolding the Domestic Interior: Women, Newspapers and the Nineteenth-Century City Kathryn Brown 47

Chapter 3 Agnès Varda in Paris: The Urban Gaze of the Female Film-maker in Three Short Films Jennifer Wallace 72

Chapter 4 Imagining on the Outskirts of the City: Duras's Le Camion and the marcheuse Sarah Cooper 97

Part II From the Periphery to the Centre: Marginalised Re-inscriptions of the Urban

Chapter 5 Morphologies of Becoming: Dehumanisation and Dandyism in Émile Zola's Thérèse Raquin Marina Starik 117

Chapter 6 Towards a Globalised Banlieue? Resilience through Literature in Three Narratives of the 'Ultraperiphery' Nathalie Ségeral 140

Chapter 7 Marriage, Pregnancy and the City in Marie Darrieussecq's Le Pays Sonja Stojanovic 161

Chapter 8 Viewing the Algerian Cityscape in Nina Bouraoui's La Voyeuse interdite and Leïla Sebbar's 'La Jeune Fille au balcon' Siobhán McIlvanney Gillian Ni Cheallaigh 180

Part III Gendered Spaces, Gendered Places: The Feminisation of the City Environment

Chapter 9 'For Their Trouble and Labour': Women's Work Reconsidered in Late Medieval Amiens Julie Pilorget 207

Chapter 10 City, War and Politicisation in Journal à quatre mains by Benoîte and Flora Groult Imogen Long 224

Chapter 11 C'est l'endroit qui nous a faits ainsi: Place, Gender and Belonging in Nathacha Appanah's Blue Bay Palace and Ananda Devi's Ève de ses décombres Julia Waters 246

Chapter 12 Gendered Spaces of Ageing: The Liberations and Limitations of Urban Space in Annie Ernaux and Nancy Huston Kate Averis 266

Index 289

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