Écritures de femmes

Nouvelles cartographies

Edited by Mary Ann Caws, Mary Jean Green, Marianne Hirsch, and Ronnie Scharfman

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August 28, 1996
424 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
30 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300064124

This rich anthology of writings in French by twentieth-century women presents a dazzling array of literary treasures. The editors, all distinguished specialists in French studies, have expanded the boundaries of French literary terrain beyond France, Belgium, and Switzerland to North and sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and French Canada. These compelling poems, short stories, essays, memoirs, and novels (some complete and others excerpts), represent thirty-one contemporary authors, including Colette, Mariama Bâ, Maryse Condé, Joyce Mansour, Renée Vivien, Nathalie Sarraute, and Anne Hébert.

Exploring issues and experiences of universal interest from women's perspectives, this collection focuses first on themes of relationships (both personal and political) and how violence breaks them apart, and second on the ways in which identity is influenced by race, language, nationality, and sexuality. The book, which is entirely in French, includes biographical sketches of each author as well as a critical introduction to each section that invites comparisons among the writers' diverse views on such themes as parenting, love, marriage, political and interpersonal power, existence, the process of becoming a writer, and the formation of an identity in a polyphonic and pluralistic world.

Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the Graduate School, City University of New York. Mary Jean Green is professor of French and associate dean of the faculty for the humanities at Dartmouth College. Marianne Hirsch is Humanities Distinguished Research Professor and professor of French and comparative literature at Dartmouth College. Ronnie Scharfman is professor of French at Purchase College of the State University of New York.

"Unique and timely. I could not conceive of a better way to introduce undergraduate students to the diversity of French and Francophone literatures."—Françoise Lionnet, Northwestern University

"This rich anthology of writings in French by twentieth-century women presents a dazzling array of literary treasures."—French Book News

"This anthology presents an impressive range of writings in French by 20th-century women. . . . Written entirely in French, Ecriture de femmes is an excellent work of reference for both teachers and students interested in women's writing and contemporary feminist though within a francophone context."—Renate Günther, Modern & Contemporary France

"A most welcome effort, Ecritures offers an exhilarating experience to readers whose experience of French literature has been through the traditional categories that assign cultural and linguistic privilege to France. This anthology's alternative cartography broadens our perception of what constitutes French literature in the twentieth century and gives voice to authors often unheard due to gender or place of birth or residence."—Joan M. West, French Review

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