Women's Writing in Nineteenth-Century France

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This is the most complete critical survey to date of women's literature in nineteenth-century France. Alison Finch's wideranging analysis of some sixty writers from Madame de Stael to Rachilde brings out the contribution of major figures such as George Sand as well as focusing on many other important but neglected writers. Her study opens up new perspectives on the interchange between male and female authors and illustrates the struggles of France's most brilliant women against an oppressive society. The book provides extensive reference features including bibliographical guides to texts and writers.
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Anne Green
Few would disagree with the closing sentence of this lucid, nuanced and generous book: "What these women achieved was remarkable."
Times Literary Supplement
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"In this fine collection of essays that are both descriptive and critical, we get a sharp view of worlds of being which are so amazing, so amusing, and so memorable, that one can only admire Finch for her control over her materials, particularly in translation, which plays such an important role in the craft of exegesis." International Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521631860
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/2000
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in French Series , #65
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Prejudice and reassessment; 2. Conditions for women writers; Part I. The Early Nineteenth Century: The Age of Napoleon and the Aftermath of Revolution (1800-1829): 3. Overview, 1800-1829; 4. Foremothers and Germaine de Staël; 5. Writing about history: Henriette de La Tour du Pin; 6. Mad matriarchs and other family members: Sophie Cottin; 7. Rank and disadvantage: Claire de Duras; 8. The invisible women of French theatre; Part II. Mid-century: George Sand and her Contemporaries (1830-1869): 9. Overview, 1830-1869; 10. George Sand, presiding genius; 11. Confidence and the woman writer: Amable Tastu and Sophie Ulliac-Trémadeure; 12. Shame, embarrassment and Sophie's misfortunes: the comtesse de Ségur; 13. Adventure and travel: Léonie d'Aunet and Flora Tristan; 14. The journalist: Delphine de Girardin; 15. Feeling and poetic technique: Marceline Desbordes-Valmore; 16. Women and politics; Part III. Naturalism and Symbolism: The Beginnings of a New Era (1870-1899): 17. Overview, 1870-1899; 18. A new boldness: Marcell Tinayre, Louise Ackermann and Gyp; 19. Experiment: naturalism, symbolism and Marie Krysinska; 20. Cruelty to humans and animals: Louise Michel; 21. Rachilde and the horror of gender confusion; 22. Postscript: England; 23. Legacies; Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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