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Narratives of mothering in contemporary French women’s writing


This paper presents an overview of a recent research project focusing on narratives of mothering - where the mother is the narrative subject - in contemporary women's writing in France. It considers the various themes that these narratives cluster around, briefly highlights examples of texts in each thematic area, and reflects on the findings. It also reflects on why, at this period in time - the turn of the new millennium - so many texts where the mother is the narrative subject or where her perspective is foregrounded have appeared.

Rye, Gill (2009) Narratives of mothering in contemporary French women’s writing. In: Mum’s the Word’ conference, MaMSIE network (Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics), January 2009, De Montfort University, Leicester. (Unpublished)


Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
Additional Information: This paper outlines the research project that was published in book form as 'Narratives of Mothering: Women’s Writing in Contemporary France' (Newark DE: University of Delaware Press, 2009) 221pp ISBN 978-0-87413-040-9 (hb)
Subjects: Culture, Language & Literature
Keywords: narratives of mothering, loss, contemporary women's writing, mothers as subject of narration
Divisions: Institute of Modern Languages Research > Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing
Institute of Modern Languages Research
Collections: IMLR Staff Papers
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URI: http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/id/eprint/3108
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