Women’s writing in contemporary France

New writers, new literatures in the 1990s

Edited by Gill Rye and Michael Worton

Women’s writing in contemporary France

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6227-8
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: January 2003
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: from c 1900 -, Society & social sciences / Gender studies: women, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / French, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies, France, Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000, Literature: history & criticism, Literature


The 1990s witnessed an explosion in women's writing in France, with a particularly exciting new generation of writer's coming to the fore, such as Christine Angot, Marie Darrieussecq and Regine Detambel. Other authors such as Paule Constant, Sylvie Germain, Marie Redonnet and Leila Sebbar, who had begun publishing in the 1980s, claimed their mainstream status in the 1990s with new texts.

The book provides an up-to-date introduction to an analysis of new women's writing in contemporary France, including both new writers of the 1990s and their more established counter-parts. The editors' incisive introduction situates these authors and their texts at the centre of the current trends and issues concerning French literary production today, whilst fifteen original essays focus on individual writers.

The volume includes specialist bibliographies on each writer, incorporating English translations, major interviews, and key critical studies. Quotations are given in both French and English throughout.

An invaluable study resource, this book is written in a clear and accessible style and will be of interest to the general reader as well as to students of all levels, to teachers of a wide range of courses on French culture, and to specialist researchers of French and Francophone literature.


Gill Rye is Lecturer in French at the Institute of Romance Studies, University of London

Michael Worton is Vice-Provost and Fielden Professor of French Language and Literature at UCL (University College London)

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