Bibliographic Details

A history of women's writing in France / edited by Sonya Stephens.

Imprint Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Description ix, 314 p. ; 23 cm.
Language English
Subject French literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Women in literature.
Women and literature -- France -- History.
French literature -- Women authors.
Women and literature.
Women in literature.
Women -- Intellectual life.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format Print, Book
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Other authors / contributors Stephens, Sonya.
ISBN 0521581672 (hardcover)
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-311) and index.
Review by Choice Review

A dozen critical essays of about 20 pages each plus more than 50 pages of primary and secondary bibliographical material make this volume a significant and invaluable contribution to the field. The historical overview proceeds chronologically, from the sixth century to the present day, presenting, Stephens (Univ. of London, UK) claims, the first such survey of the wealth and diversity of French women writers. Each chapter outlines an era and an array of writers. Five North American and seven British scholars (the majority women) focus on prevailing sexual ideologies and women's literary roles in social, political, economic, and cultural terms. The periods covered include the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment (three chapters), 19th century, 20th century (five chapters on various genres of writing). Particularly useful is Judith Still's brief essay on feminist literary theory. Missing in these pages are francophone authors like Mariama Ba, Maryse Conde, Andree Schwarz-Bart, but perhaps other scholars will address that need in the future; for now Postcolonial Subjects: Francophone Women Writers, ed. Mary Jean Green et al. (CH, Mar'97) provides information on those writers. Undergraduate, public, and research libraries will want to acquire this volume, if only for the handy bibliographical coverage. R. Cormier; Longwood College

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