Women and the City in French Literature and Culture

Reconfiguring the Feminine in the Urban Environment

Golygydd(ion) Siobhán McIlvanney, Gillian Ni Cheallaigh

Iaith: Saesneg

Dosbarthiad(au): Literary Criticism

Cyfres: French and Francophone Studies

  • Mai 2019 · 336 tudalen ·216x138mm

  • · Clawr Meddal - 9781786834324
  • · eLyfr - pdf - 9781786834331
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Yn draddodiadol mae’r ddinas wedi’i ffurfio fel man sy’n sylfaenol wrywaidd. Mae’r casgliad hwn o ysgrifau’n ceisio cwestiynu llawer o’r idées reçues ynghylch cyswllt parhaus menywod gyda’r preifat, y domestig a’r gwledig. Gan gwmpasu detholiad o ffilmiau, cyfnodolion a nofelau o gyfnod yr oesoedd canol yn Ffrainc hyd at y presennol Ffrengig-Algeriaidd, mae’n herio’r hollt traddodiadol ar sail rhywedd rhwng y cyhoeddus gwrywaidd a’r preifat benywaidd y mae cymaint o lenyddiaeth a diwylliant Ffrengig ac Ewropeaidd yn seiliedig arno. Ydy’r flâneur trefol yn ei hanfod yn ffenomen wrywaidd ynteu a oes modd i flâneuse wirioneddol fodoli fel asiant gweithredol, yn mynegi hyder a phleser menyw sy’n symud yn rhwydd yn yr amgylchedd trefol? Mae Women and the City in French Literature and Culture yn ceisio lleoli ble yn union mae menywod yn anelu - yn unigol ac yn gyfunol - yn eu perthynas â’r amgylchedd trefol; drwy wneud hynny mae’n cymylu’r canfyddiad binaristig confensiynol o fenywod a’r ddinas mewn ymgais i ailgyfeirio ymchwil mewn astudiaethau menywod yn y dyfodol at gyrchfannau trefol mwy diddorol a chynrychioliadol.


‘Ranging across centuries, continents and cultural media, this book explores with exceptional cogency and brio women’s ambivalent relationship with the masculine space of cities. Its chapters are splendidly well chosen, framed and edited to show how women, past and present, find multiple ways to engage creatively with cities, as social agents and as writers, readers and film-makers.’
-Diana Holmes, Professor of French, University of Leeds

‘This book will make an important and timely contribution to studies on the city in French literature and culture in its foregrounding of the fascinating and diverse negotiations of the city space by women. The study opens up their journeys in a lively and bracing way, and I think the volume will attract both lay and specialist readers.’
-Dr Susan Bainbrigge, University of Edinburgh


Series Editors’ Preface
List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Introduction - Siobhán McIlvanney and Gillian Ni Cheallaigh
Part I. Images of the Flâneuse: Mediatic Representations of Women’s Relationship to the City
Chapter 1 : A City for Young Ladies: The Parisian Flâneuse of the Journal des Demoiselles - Lucie Roussel Richard
Chapter 2 : Unfolding the Domestic Interior: Women, Newspapers and the Nineteenth-Century City - Kathryn Brown
Chapter 3 : Agnès Varda in Paris: The Urban Gaze of the Female Film-maker in Three Short Films - Jennifer Wallace
Chapter 4 : Imagining on the Outskirts of the City: Duras’s Le Camion and the marcheuse - Sarah Cooper
Part II. From the Periphery to the Centre: Marginalised Re-Inscriptions of the Urban
Chapter 5 : Morphologies of Becoming: Dehumanisation and Dandyism in Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin - Marina Starik
Chapter 6 : Towards a Globalised Banlieue? Resilience through Literature in Three Narratives of the ‘Ultraperiphery’ - Nathalie Ségeral
Chapter 7 : Marriage, Pregnancy and the City in Marie Darrieussecq’s Le Pays - Sonja Stojanovic
Chapter 8 : Viewing the Algerian Cityscape in Nina Bouraoui’s La Voyeuse interdite and Leïla Sebbar’s ‘La Jeune Fille au balcon’ - Siobhán McIlvanney and Gillian Ni Cheallaigh
Part III. Gendered Spaces, Gendered Places: The Feminisation of the City Environment
Chapter 9 : ‘For Their Trouble and Labour’. Women’s Work Reconsidered in Late Medieval Amiens - Julie Pilorget
Chapter 10 : City, War and Politicisation in Journal à quatre mains by Benoîte and Flora Groult - Imogen Long
Chapter 11 : C’est l’endroit qui nous a faits ainsi: Place, Gender and Belonging in Nathacha Appanah’s Blue Bay Palace and Ananda Devi’s Ève de ses décombres - Julia Waters
Chapter 12 : Gendered Spaces of Ageing: The Liberations and Limitations of Urban Space in Annie Ernaux and Nancy Huston - Kate Averis

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Siobhán McIlvanney is Reader in French and Francophone Women’s Writing at King’s College London.

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Gillian Ni Cheallaigh is a former Lecturer in French and Francophone Women’s Writing at King’s College London, and currently an independent researcher.

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