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Voice, Identity, Gender: Women's Writing in France (level 5)


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Giving voice to a number of French women writers from the eighteenth century onwards, the Voice, Identity, Gender: Women's Writing in France short course considers various constructs of female identity, and reflects on the notion of gendered writing. We will consider the following questions: Is it possible to talk about 'women’s writing' without essentialising women, without working from stereotypes? What do women specifically bring to the cultural space through their novels and essays? 

We will explore works of literature and feminist theory, taking into account their specific cultural and historical contexts, how they have evolved through time and how they have been received. These works include:

  • 'Women’s Time', Julia Kristeva (1979)
  • 'The Laugh of the Medusa', Hélène Cixous (1975)
  • 'Women on the Market', Luce Irigaray (1978)
  • Enfance, Nathalie Sarraute (1983)
  • L’Amant, Marguerite Duras (1984)
  • Histoire d’Ernestine, Mme Riccoboni (1765)
  • Ourika, Claire de Duras (1823)
  • Indiana, George Sand (1832)
  • Mémoires d’une jeune fille rangée, Simone de Beauvoir (1958)

This course is assessed via two 2500-word essays (50% each).

30 credits at level 5

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    This short course has no prerequisites.

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