French Erotic Fiction
Women's Desiring Writing, 1880-1990
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French Erotic Fiction by Alexandra Hughes
Book DescriptionThis fascinating study explores the pleasures and torments of love and sexuality as depicted in the works of six important French women writers: Rachilde, Colette, Leduc, Wittig, Cixous and Duras. Historically, erotic literature has been dominated by male writers. Feminist critics have argued that its central motifs of voyeurism, sadomasochism, incest and violence to women's bodies are governed by the unconscious fantasies and prejudices of a patriarchal sociocultural order.The contributors question how this sociocultural order has affected the erotic writing of the women writers studied. They explore the opportunities for, and constraints on, women's erotic writing in the early to mid-twentieth century through the works of Rachilde, Colette and Leduc. This is contrasted with the writing of prominent contemporary authors -- Wittig, Cixous and Duras -- to reveal new developments and diversification within the genre. The focus throughout is on how these writers deal with erotic language and rhetoric, their treatment of traditional themes of eroticism, and -- most vital to recent feminist criticism and theory -- their vision of the female body and women's sexual pleasure. The book provides key insights into the development of women's erotic discourse throughout this century and the diversity that characterizes it.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859730492
(216mm x 140mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alexandra Hughes
Postcolonial Economies, Paperback (May 2011)
This book provides a space for nascent debates about postcolonialism and its treatment of 'the economic'.
Encyclopedia of Contemporary French Culture, Paperback (September 2001)
An international team of scholars contribute over 700 entries on contemporary French culture that range from Art, Gender, Politics and Literature to Media and the Economy. It is a vital companion for anyone interested in the culture of modern France.
Heterographies, Hardback (December 1999)
This text is concerned with issues of sexual and gender representation, and the intersections of sexual difference and life-writing. Alex Hughes discusses such figures as Jean-Paul Sartre, Herve guibert, Marguerite Duras, Andre Gide, Marie Cardinal, Simone de Beauvoir, and Serge Dubrovsky.
Gay Signatures, Paperback (April 1998)» View all books by Alexandra Hughes
Responds to the explosion of gay and lesbian creativity on modern-day France. This book seeks to open up 'homotextualities,' understood as constructions and deconstructions of both homosexuality and its environments. It provides an assessment of this approach when dealing with a tradition notoriously discreet about the concept of a gay writer.
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Author Biography - Alexandra Hughes
Alex Hughes Professor in French Studies,University of Birmingham Kate Ince Lecturer in French Studies, University of Birmingham
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