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Amongst Women; Literary Representations of Female Homosociality in Belle Epoque France, 1880-1914 (French Studies of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries #39) (Paperback)

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Second fiddle to love, fleeting and inauthentic, a disguise for sexual rivalry, a practice to be policed or, at most, a social mechanism aptly reinforcing traditional gender norms, female friendship did not always have a good reputation in canonical and didactic literature from nineteenth-century France. But how did French women imagine and represent their relationships in fiction, and to what ends?

Situated at the intersection of feminist cultural history and Belle Epoque literary studies, this book explores fictional representations of female homosociality in novels by Daniel Lesueur, Gabrielle R val, Marcelle Tynaire, and Yver Prost, among others, including women's writing of the Belle Epoque within the narratives of the literary and cultural history of friendship in the long nineteenth century.

Playing with the tension between traditional and modern womanhood and intersecting with topics as diverse as the female body, work, education, marriage, heterosexual love, and the moral regeneration of the French nation, the representation of female homosociality constitutes, in these texts, one of the literary devices through which the figure of the femme moderne comes into being on paper and reflects the authors' engagement with a form of female modernism that problematizes the dichotomy between high and popular literature, helping to give shape to women's experience of modernity.

This book was the joint winner of the 2019 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Nineteenth-Century French Studies.

About the Author


Giada Alessandroni holds a PhD in French Studies from the University of Exeter. She is now an independent scholar and novelist.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781800790643
ISBN-10: 1800790643
Publisher: Nbn International
Publication Date: February 26th, 2021
Pages: 236
Language: English
Series: French Studies of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries