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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The city has traditionally been configured as a fundamentally masculine space. This collection of essays seeks to question many of the idées reçues surrounding women’s ongoing association with the private, the domestic and the rural. Covering a selection of films, journals and novels from the French medieval period to the Franco-Algerian present, it challenges the traditionally gendered dichotomisation of the masculine public and feminine private upon which so much of French and European literature and culture is predicated. Is the urban flâneur a quintessentially male phenomenon, or can there exist a true flâneuse as active agent, expressing the confidence and pleasure of a woman moving freely in the urban environment? Women and the City in French Literature and Culture seeks to locate exactly where women are heading – both individually and collectively – in their relationships to the urban environment; by so doing, it nuances the conventional binaristic perception of women and the city in an endeavour to redirect future research in women’s studies towards more interesting and representative urban destinations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786834348
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Publication date: 05/15/2019
Series: French and Francophone Studies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 2 MB

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 List of illustrations Notes on contributors Introduction - Siobhán McIlvanney and Gillian Ni Cheallaigh 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 Chapter 2: Unfolding the Domestic Interior: Women, Newspapers and the Nineteenth-Century City - Kathryn Brown Chapter 3: Agnès Varda in Paris: The Urban Gaze of the Female Film-maker in Three Short Films - Jennifer Wallace Chapter 4: Imagining on the Outskirts of the City: Duras’s Le Camion and the marcheuse - Sarah Cooper 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 Chapter 6: Towards a Globalised Banlieue? Resilience through Literature in Three Narratives of the ‘Ultraperiphery’ - Nathalie Ségeral Chapter 7: Marriage, Pregnancy and the City in Marie Darrieussecq’s Le Pays - Sonja Stojanovic Chapter 8: Viewing the Algerian Cityscape in Nina Bouraoui’s La Voyeuse interdite and Leïla Sebbar’s ‘La Jeune Fille au balcon’ - Siobhán McIlvanney and Gillian Ni Cheallaigh 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 Chapter 10: City, War and Politicisation in Journal à quatre mains by Benoîte and Flora Groult - Imogen Long 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 Chapter 12: Gendered Spaces of Ageing: The Liberations and Limitations of Urban Space in Annie Ernaux and Nancy Huston - Kate Averis Index

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