"The Words to Say It": 20th Century Women Writing in French, From Colette to Satrapi




Motherhood, romantic love, independence, sexuality, citizenship, fantasy, death: these are just some of the themes explored in women's novels, written in French, during the twentieth century. Students will read four exemplary novels, exploring how they have finally become classics, even given what they say about life and what it means for women to write about it. At the same time, the advent and development of feminist and/or queer literary criticism over the course of the 20th century will be explored. Finally, we will consider what this 20th-century trajectory means for women writers today, culminating our study in a discussion of a 2016 novel that took the Francophone world by storm.
Additional Information:
Faculty: Alice Jardine
Semester: Full Spring Term
Time: Tuesday, 12:45 - 2:45 pm