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Dominique Manotti and the roman noir

Kimyonguer, Angela; Kimyongur, A.; Kimyongür, Angela


Angela Kimyonguer

A. Kimyongur

Angela Kimyongür


Dominique Manotti's crime fiction novels have as their setting a variety of contemporary political and economic issues, a deliberate choice for an author who sees her work not as traditional detective novels, where order is reestablished upon the resolution of an individual crime, but rather as romans noirs, where crime is the product of a dysfunctional society. As a female crime writer, Manotti has rejected the notion of a distinct genre of "polar féminin" together with the ghettoization implicit in such a notion. The aim of this paper is to consider Manotti's contribution to female-authored crime fiction in France, in the light of her opposition to the notion of a "polar féminin." Her choice of a gender-neutral pseudonym, the featuring of a male detective in her earlier novels, and the adoption of sociopolitical themes in her work would seem to suggest that gender is not a primary concern. However, closer consideration of a selection of novels suggests that Manotti does reflect on questions of gender, although not always from a feminist or even a uniquely female perspective. Particular attention will be paid to the representation of marginalized gender, sexual, and ethnic identities in her novels, and to the way in which she goes beyond simplistic sexual binarisms that define women as victims and men as their oppressors to offer a more nuanced contribution to female-authored crime fiction than is suggested by the term "polar féminin."


Kimyongür, A. (2013). Dominique Manotti and the roman noir. Contemporary Women's Writing, 7(3), 235-252.

Acceptance Date Feb 1, 2012
Online Publication Date Sep 17, 2012
Publication Date Nov 1, 2013
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Publicly Available Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal Contemporary Women's Writing
Print ISSN 1754-1476
Electronic ISSN 1754-1484
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 3
Pages 235-252
Keywords Literature and Literary Theory; Gender Studies
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Additional Information This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Contemporary Women's Writing following peer review. The version of record Angela Kimyongür; Dominique Manotti and the Roman Noir. Contemporary Women's Writing 2012; 7 (3): 235-252. doi: 10.1093/cww/vps012 is available online at:


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