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French Feminisms 1975 and After

Atack, Margaret; Fell, Alison S.; Holmes, Diana; Long, Imogen

Authors

Margaret Atack

Alison S. Fell

Diana Holmes



Contributors

Margaret Atack
Editor

Alison S. Fell
Editor

Diana Holmes
Editor

Abstract

This volume explores contemporary French women’s writing through the prism of one of the defining moments of modern feminism: the writings of the 1970s that came to be known as «French feminism». With their exhilarating renewal of the rules of fiction, and a sophisticated theoretical approach to gender, representation and textuality, Hélène Cixous and others became internationally recognised for their work, at a time when the women’s movement was also a driving force for social change. Taking its cue from Les Femmes s’entêtent, a multi-authored analysis of the situation of women and a celebration of women’s creativity, this collection offers new readings of Monique Wittig, Emma Santos and Hélène Cixous, followed by essays on Nina Bouraoui, Michèle Perrein and Ying Chen, Marguerite Duras and Mireille Best, and Valentine Goby. A contextualising introduction establishes the theoretical and cultural framework of the volume with a critical re-evaluation of this key moment in the history of feminist thought and women’s writing, pursuing its various legacies and examining the ways theoretical and empirical developments in queer studies, postcolonial studies and postmodernist philosophies have extended, inflected and challenged feminist work.

Book Type Monograph
Publication Date Nov 30, 2017
Publisher Peter Lang
Pages 1-255
Series Title Modern French Identities
Series Number 127
Series ISSN 1422-9005
Book Title French Feminisms 1975 and After: New Readings, New Texts
Chapter Number -
ISBN 9781787078932; 9781788741385; 9781788741392; 9783034322096
APA6 Citation Atack, M., Fell, A. S., Holmes, D., & Long, I. (2017). I. Long, M. Atack, A. S. Fell, & D. Holmes (Eds.), French Feminisms 1975 and After. Peter Lang. doi:10.3726/b13051
DOI https://doi.org/10.3726/b13051
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