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French Women Writers from 1968 to the Present

Module Code: FR230
Module Name: French Women Writers from 1968 to the Present
Module Coordinator: TBC
Not running 2018-19
Module Credits: 15

Module Description

Do women experience the world differently to men, and do they write about their experiences in different ways? What is the relationship between the position of women in public life, feminist politics, and literary writing by women? How far does fiction give us an insight into the relationship between language and gender, and what role can writing play in challenging gender assumptions or stereotypes?

These are some of the questions raised by women in France (and elsewhere) in the wake of the social, cultural, and political upheavals of May 1968. In this module we will explore some of these debates by examining four texts by key, post-1968 French women writers. Ranging from 1976 to 2000, these texts will be positioned within the historical and political context of the last four decades, with novels by more established writers like Marie Cardinal and Annie Ernaux being studied alongside the more recent work of younger writers such as Marie Darrieussecq and Nina Bouraoui.

Reading List

  • Marie Cardinal, Les Mots pour le dire (Livre de poche, 1976)
  • Marie Darrieussecq, Truismes (Gallimard: folio, 1998)
  • Nina Bouraoui, Garçon manqué (Gallimard: folio, 2000)
  • Virginie Despentes, King Kong Théorie (Livre de poche, 2006)

Assessment Method:

50% - assessed work

50% - formal examination