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Women and the city in French literature and culture - reconfiguring the feminine in the urban environment
Siobhn McIlvanney
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University of Wales Press
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The city has traditionally been configured as a fundamentally masculine space. This collection of essays seeks to question many of the ides reues surrounding women's ongoing association with the private, the domestic and the rural. Covering a selection of films, journals and novels from the French medieval period to the Franco-Algerian present, it challenges the traditionally gendered dichotomisation of the masculine public and feminine private upon which so much of French and European literature and culture is predicated. Is the urban flneur a quintessentially male phenomenon, or can there exist a true flneuse as active agent, expressing the confidence and pleasure of a woman moving freely in the urban environment? Women and the City in French Literature and Culture seeks to locate exactly where women are heading - both individually and collectively - in their relationships to the urban environment; by so doing, it nuances the conventional binaristic perception of women and the city in an endeavour to redirect future research in women's studies towards more interesting and representative urban destinations.

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Keyword Index
French literature - History and criticism.|Women in literature.|Women in popular culture - France.|Urban women - France.
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Number of Pages
xiv, 302

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