A History of Women's Writing in France by Sonya Stephens

By Sonya Stephens

This quantity is the 1st historic advent to women's writing in France from the 6th century to the current day. particularly commissioned essays via best students give you the first advent in English to the wealth and variety of French girls writers, providing new readings and new views. each one bankruptcy makes a speciality of a given interval and diversity of writers, taking account of triumphing sexual ideologies and the social, political, fiscal and cultural atmosphere. broad reference good points comprise a bibliography and consultant to a couple of hundred and fifty writers and their works.

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The City of Scholars).     To choose ink and pen: French Renaissance women’s writing Cathleen M. Bauschatz Our picture of French Renaissance literature has been dominated by canonical male authors: Clément Marot, Maurice Scève, François Rabelais, Joachim du Bellay, Pierre de Ronsard and Michel de Montaigne. In fact anthologies such as that of Lagarde and Michard, commonly used by French students, do not include any Renaissance women writers. French women writers of the sixteenth-century have received increasing attention in the last few years, however, particularly in the Anglophone world, and reading the works of these women writers gives us quite a different picture of the period from the one we receive from their male counterparts.

The Lais foreground the speech and actions of female protagonists who include unhappy mal mariées, a devoted wife, a courageous maiden, a maiden pregnant out of wedlock, sympathetic and detestable adulteresses. Marie’s tales do not spare the wicked, but they offer the weak a chance of redemption. Several lais allow female characters to voice their desires, to make mistakes and yet to retain, rediscover or redefine a sense of female honour in spite of their errors. ) Marie does not advocate sexual transgression, but her narrator displays sympathy towards women who are trapped in loveless marriages or who are swayed by youthful passion, like the young maiden who finds herself pregnant in Milun.

Galeran de Bretagne, ed. Lucien Foulet (Paris: Champion, ). Foulet’s attribution of the work to Jean Renart has been since dismissed.  Harriet Spiegel, ‘Introduction’, Fables, p. . ), In Quest of Marie de France.  See Karen C. ), In Quest of Marie de france, pp. –.  Pierre Bec, ‘Trobairitz et chansons de femme: contribution à la connaissance du lyrisme féminin au moyen âge’, Cahiers de civilisation médiévale :  (), –.  Jean-Charles Huchet, ‘Les femmes troubadours ou la voix critique’, Littérature  (), –.

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