French Women Writers

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Overview


Marie de France, Mme. De Sévigné, and Mme. De Lafayette achieved international reputations during periods when women in other European countries were able to write only letters, translations, religious tracts, and miscellaneous fragments. There were obstacles, but French women writers were more or less sustained and empowered by the French culture. Often unconventional in their personal lives and occupied with careers besides writing—as educators, painters, actresses, preachers, salon hostesses, labor organizers—these women did not wait for Simone de Beauvoir to tell them to make existential choices and have "projects in the world."

French Women Writers describes the lives and careers of fifty-two literary figures from the twelfth century to the late twentieth. All the contributors are recognized authorities. Some of their subjects, like Colette and George Sand, are celebrated, and others are just now gaining critical notice. From Christine de Pizan and Marguerite de Navarre to Rachilde and Hélène Cixous, from Louise Labe to Marguerite Duras—these women speak through the centuries to issues of gender, sexuality, and language.

French Women Writers now becomes widely available in this Bison Book edition.

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Editorial Reviews

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Fifty-one essays cover the lives and works of some of the most important women writers in the history of French literature, with an emphasis on their experiences as writers, a discussion of their major themes, and brief surveys of critical reactions. Each essay is followed by a bibliography of primary works, a list of titles translated into English, and a selection of critical studies. An additional essay describes the trobairitz, the women troubadours of the 12th and 13th centuries. The volume ends with a chronology which features the dates of events and trends of special significance to French women. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803292246
  • Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 632
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.52 (d)

Meet the Author


Both editors are associated with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Eva Martin Sartori, associate professor of Central Reference Services at Love Library, coedited Women's Studies in Western Europe and has contributed to professional journals. Dorothy Wynne Zimmerman, professor emerita of English, edited May Wynne Lamb's Life in Alaska: The Reminiscences of a Kansas Woman, 1916-1919 (Nebraska 1988), and George Sand's The Country Waif.
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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

French Women Writers

Appendix A: Situating Women Writers in French History--A Chronology

Appendix B: List of Authors by Date of Birth

Title Index

Subject Index

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