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FR230 Further Reading

General Studies on French Women's Writing and Feminism
  • Margaret Atack and Phil Powrie, eds, Contemporary French fiction by women: feminist perspectives (1990)
  • Shelley Budgeon, 'The Contradictions of Successful Femininity: Third-Wave Feminism, Postfeminism and 'New' Femininities', in Rosalind Gill and Christina Scharff, eds., New femininities: Postfeminism, neoliberalism and subjectivity (2011), pp. 302-15
  • Dani Cavallaro, French Feminist Theory: An Introduction (2003)
  • Kira Cochrane, 'The fourth Wave of Feminism: Meet The Rebel Women', The Guardian, 10 Dec 2013,
  • Amaleena Damlé and Gill Rye, eds., Women's writing in twenty-first-century France: life as literature (2013)
  • Claire Duchen, Feminism in France - From May 68 to Mitterrand (1983)
  • Claire Duchen, Women's Rights and Women's Lives in France 1944-1968 (1994)
  • Stacy Gillis, Gillian Howie, Rebecca Munford, eds., Third wave feminism: A critical exploration (2007)
  • Gayle Green and Coppelia Kahn, Making a Difference: Feminist Literary Criticism (1985)
  • Abigail Gregory and Ursula Tidd, eds, Women in Contemporary France (2000)
  • Diana Holmes, French women's writing, 1848-1994 (1996)
  • Lynne Huffer, Another look, Another woman : Retranslations of French Feminism (1995)
  • Alice Jardine and Ann Mencke (eds), Shifting Scenes: Interviews on Women, Writing and Politics in Post 68 France (1991)
  • Shirley Jordan, Contemporary French women's writing : women's visions, women's voices, women's lives (2004)
  • Adele King, French Women Novelists: Defining a Female Style (London, Macmillan, 1990)
  • Wendy K. Kolmar and Frances Bartkowski, eds., Feminist theory: a reader (2013)
  • Toril Moi, Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory (1985)
  • Beatrice Mousli and Eve-Alice Roustang-Stoller, eds., Women, Feminism, and Femininity in the 21st Century: American and French Perspectives (2009)
  • Ealasaid Munro, 'Feminism: a Fourth Wave?' The Political Studies Association, 2013,
  • Kelly Oliver, French Feminism Reader (2000)
  • Mireille Rosello, Infiltrating Culture: Power and Identity in Contemporary Women's Writing (1996)
  • Gill Rye and Michael Worton (eds), Women's Writing in Contemporary France: New Writers, New Literatures in the 1990s (2002)
  • Colette Sarrey-Strack, Fictions contemporaines au féminin (2002)
  • Sonya Stephens (ed), A History of Women’s Writing in France (2000)
  • Monique Wittig, The Straight Mind (1992)
Marie Cardinal
  • Lucille Cairns, Marie Cardinal: Motherhood and Creativity (1992)
  • Anne Donadey, ‘Répétition, maternité et transgression dans trois oeuvres de Marie Cardinal’, The French Review, 65: 4 (1992), 567-77.
  • Suzanne Dow, Madness in twentieth-century French women's writing (2009). [Chapter on Les Mots pour le dire].
  • Carolyn A. Durham, The Contexture of Feminism: Marie Cardinal and Multicultural Literacy (1992)
  • Sam Haigh, ‘Between Irigaray and Cardinal: Reinventing Maternal Genealogies’, The Modern Language Review, 89:1 (1994)
  • Colette Hall, Marie Cardinal (1994).
  • Eilene Hoft-March, ‘Clytemnestra's Desire: Marie Cardinal and the Mythical Maternal’, Dalhousie French Studies, 48, (1999) 155-63.
  • Nancy Lane, ‘Duras and Cardinal’: Writing the (M)Other’, French Forum, 24:2 (1999) 215-32
  • Kathryn Robson, Writing wounds : the inscription of trauma in post-1968 French women's life-writing (2004) [Chapter on Cardinal].
  • Benjamin Stora, ‘Women's Writing between Two Algerian Wars’, Research in African Literatures, 30:3 (1999) 78-94
  • Lyn Thomas and Emma Webb , ‘Writing from Experience: The Place of the Personal in French Feminist Writing’, Feminist Review, 61 (1999) 27-48.
Marie Darrieussecq
  • Jeannette Gaudet, ‘“Des livres sur la liberté”: Conversation avec Marie Darrieussecq’, Dalhousie French Studies, 59 (2002) 108-18. [Available via Course Extracts]
  • Shirley Jordan, 'Saying the Unsayable: Identities in Crisis in the Early Novels of Marie Darrieussecq', in Gill Rye and Michael Worton, eds., Women's Writing in Contemporary France: New Writers, New Literatures in the 1990s, pp. 142-153.
  • Michel Lantelme, 'Darrieussecq's Pig Tales: Marianne's Misfortunes at the Turn of the Millennium', Romanic Review, 90.4 (1999), 527-536
  • John Phillips, ‘Les Truismes de Marie Darrieussecq’, in John Phillips, Forbidden Fictions, Pornography and Censorship In 20th Century French Literature (1999)
  • Catherine Rodgers ‘“Entrevoir l'absence des bords du monde” dans les romans de Marie Darrieussecq’ in Nathalie Morello and Catherine Rodgers, eds, Nouvelles écrivaines: Nouvelles voix? (Rodopi, Amsterdam: 2002).
  • Gill Rye, ‘New Women’s Writing in France’, Modern & Contemporary France, 10:2 (2002): 165-175.
  • Marion Sadoux, ‘Marie Darrieussecq’s Truismes: hesitating between fantasy and truth', Journal of the Institute of Romance Studies, 7 (1999), 197-203. [Available via Course Extracts]
  • Lorie Sauble-Otto, 'Writing to Exist: Humanity and Survival in Two fin-de-siècle Novels in French', L'Esprit Créateur, 45:1 (2005), 59-66.
  • Alistair Rolls, 'Je suis comme une truie qui broute': Une Lecture pomologique de Truismes de Marie Darrieussecq', Romanic Review, 92:4 (2001), 479-490

  • Alistair Rolls and Marie-Laure Vuaille-Barcan, 'Une Seule ou plusieurs femmes-truies? Une Lecture virtualisante de Truismes de Marie Darrieussecq', Australian Journal of French Studies, 46:1-2 (2009), 31-44

  • Katherine Swarwick, 'Truismes and Truths', Forum for Modern Language Studies, 46:1 (2010), 58-70
  • Helen Wilcox, ed., The Body and the text : Hélène Cixous, reading and teaching (1990).

  • Simon J. Williams and Gillian Bendelow, '"Uncontainable" bodies? Feminisms, boundaries and reconfigured identities', in The Lived Body: Sociological Themes, Embodied Issues (1998).
Nina Bouraoui
  • Adrienne Angelo, 'Vision Voice, and the Female Body: Nina Bouraoui's Sites/Sights of Resistance', in Cybelle McFadden and Sandrine Teixidor, Francophone Women: Between Visibility and Invisibility (2010), pp. 77-98.

  • Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990)
  • Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, 'Demarginalising the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Anti-discrimination doctrine, Feminist Theory and Anti-racist Politics', in Helma Lutz, Maria Teresa Herrera Vivar and Linda Supik, eds., Framing intersectionality : debates on a multi-faceted concept in gender studies (2011), pp. 25-42.
  • Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, 'The Structural and Political Dimensions of Intersectional Oppression', in Patrick R Grzanka, ed, Intersectionality: A Foundations and Frontiers Reader (2014), pp. 16-21
  • Céline Darner, ‘Nina Bouraoui, une enfance mixte’,
  • Natalie Edwards and Christopher Hogarth, eds., This 'self' which is not one : women's life writing in French (2010). [Chapter on Garçon manqué].
  • Martine Fernandes, 'Confessions d'une enfant du siècle: Nina Bouraoui ou la 'bâtarde' dans Garçon manqué et La Vie heureuse’, Esprit Créateur, 45:1 (2005), 67-78.
  • Hélène Jaccomard, 'Cours, cours Nina! Garçon manqué de Nina Bouraoui’, Essays in French Literature, 41 (2004), 43-61.
  • Helma Lutz, Maria Teresa Herrera Vivar and Linda Supik, 'Framing Intersectionality: An Introduction', in Framing intersectionality : debates on a multi-faceted concept in gender studies (2011), pp. 1-24.
  • Ching Selao, 'Porter l'Algérie: Garçon manqué de Nina Bouraoui', Esprit Créateur, 45:3 (2005), 74-84.
  • Dominique Simmonet, 'Ecrire, c'est retrouver ses fantômes', L'Express, 31/05/2004,
  • Helen Vassallo, 'Wounded Storyteller: Illness as Life Narrative in Nina Bouraoui's Garçon Manqué', Forum for Modern Language Studies, 43:1 (2007), 46-56
  • Marina van Zuylen, 'Maghreb and Melancholy: A Reading of Nina Bouraoui', Research in African Literatures, 34:3 (2003), 84-99.
Virginie Despentes


  • Susana Arbizu & Henri Belin, 'King Kong Théorie: Entretien avec Virginie Despentes' 7 Feb, 2008,
  • Marianne Costa, 'Despentes: anarcho-féministe' (entretien avec Virginie Despentes),
  • Nicole Fayard, ‘Sadeian Sisters: Sexuality as Terrorism in the Work of Virginie Despentes’, in Sarah F Donachie and Kim Harrison, eds., Love and Sexuality: New Approaches in French Studies (2005), pp. 101-120.
  • Shirley Jordan, ‘Dans le mauvais goût pour le mauvais goût'? Pornographie, violence et sexualité féminine dans la fiction de Virginie Despentes’, in Nathalie Morello, Catherine Rodgers, eds, Nouvelles écrivaines: Nouvelles voix? (2002), pp. 121-139.
  • Vincent Landry, 'Virgine Despentes et l’autofiction théorique: étude de King Kong théorie', Revue PolitiQueer, numero 'Dimensions francofolles' (2014),
  • Julie Monty, 'Virginie Despentes et Coralie Tringh Thi et le (post) féminisme. La Vengeance de viol dans (le film) Baise-moi', in Efstratia Oktapoda, ed, Mythes et érotismes dans les littératures et les cultures francophones de l'extreme contemporain (2013)
  • Janine Mossuz-Lavau, ‘De Simone de Beauvoir à Virginie Despentes: Les Intellectuelles et la question du genre’, Modern & Contemporary France (2009), 17.2 177-188.
  • Michèle A Schaal, ‘Virginie Despentes or a French Third-Wave of Feminism?’ in Erika Fülöp &, Adrienne Angelo, eds., Cherchez la femme: Women and Values in the Francophone World (2011), pp. 39-55.
  • Michèle A Schaal, ‘Une Nécessaire Rébellion féministe: De la violence au féminin chez Virginie Despentes’, in Frédérique Chevillot & Colette Trout, eds., Rebelles et criminelles chez les écrivaines d'expression française (2013), pp. 265-280.


Radio interview:

  • Laure Adler, ‘Hors Champs’, France Culture, 30/04/2012. Available on YouTube