Women, Genre and Circumstance
Essays in Memory of Elizabeth Fallaize

Edited by Margaret Atack, Diana Holmes, Diana Knight and Judith Still

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

1 June 2012  •  162pp

ISBN: 978-1-907975-30-1 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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Women, Genre and Circumstance brings together a series of challenging essays which explore the complex intersections of feminism, narrative and genre. Drawing on a wide range of 19th and 20th century texts – novels, short stories and films – they interrogate the relationship between women’s situation and writing practice, and representations of history, memory, love, old age; they pursue questions of narrative form and its meanings, particularly the distinctive features of the short story. The politics of feminist criticism and careful attention to the operations of narrative combine in a sustained exploration of the aesthetics and ethics of fictional practices, and their role in the negotiation of gender and circumstance. The essays were written as tributes to the leading feminist scholar Elizabeth Fallaize.

Reviews:

  • ‘Like the woman to whom it pays tribute, and whose haunting gaze looks out at us from its cover, this volume of essays combines intellectual rigour with humanity, serious purpose with humour, depth of insight with lightness of touch.’ — Julia Waters, Modern and Contemporary France 20.4 (November 2012), 505-06
  • ‘A powerful and moving reminder of the lineaments and achievements of [Elizabeth Fallaize's] scholarly work. Equally, as critical explorations of a variety of nineteenth- and twentieth-century narrative artefacts and practices, [these essays] are a pleasure to read, combining to create a collection that is an academic delight and would certainly have delighted the woman to whom it is dedicated.’ — Alex Hughes, French Studies 67.2 (April 2013), 294-95
  • ‘The chapters which form this scholarly homage... keep the dialogue open with a scholar, teacher, feminist and mentor who spent her life engaging with French literature. Yet, each contribution, particularly those of Michèle le Doeuff, Ursula Tidd and Diana Holmes, offers intellectual stimulation in its own right.’ — France Grenaudier-Klign, New Zealand Journal of French Studies 34.2, 2014, 130-32

Contents:

1-4
Introduction: Women, Genre and Circumstance
Margaret Atack, Diana Holmes, Diana Knight, Judith Still
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5-10
Elizabeth Fallaize: French Scholar
Margaret Atack
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11-24
‘To make them other, and face them’: Literature, Philosophy and ‘La Femme rompue’
Toril Moi
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25-30
Simone de Beauvoir and the Discovery of International Life
Michèle Le Doeuff
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31-44
Beauvoir and Love
Suzanne Dow
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45-59
Simone de Beauvoir and the Uses of Memory
Ursula Tidd
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60-74
Balzac’s Honorine, or, The Rape of the Independent Woman
Diana Knight
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75-84
Being Human: Georges Simenon’s ‘L’Homme dans la rue’
Colin Davis
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85-95
The ‘Stab’ of Short-Story Endings
Alison Finch
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96-108
Renée Vivien’s ‘La Dame à la louve’ and the Freedom to Choose
Judith Still
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109-122
New Representations and Politics of Procreation in Contemporary Women’s Writing in France
Gill Rye
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123-137
Dealing with What is Dealt: Feminists and Ageing
Diana Holmes
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138-144
Women’s Time: Simone de Beauvoir and the Independent Woman
Elizabeth Fallaize
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Bibliography entry:

Atack, Margaret, Diana Holmes, Diana Knight, and Judith Still (eds), Women, Genre and Circumstance: Essays in Memory of Elizabeth Fallaize (Cambridge: Legenda, 2012)

First footnote reference: 35 Women, Genre and Circumstance: Essays in Memory of Elizabeth Fallaize, ed. by Margaret Atack, Diana Holmes, Diana Knight and Judith Still (Cambridge: Legenda, 2012), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Atack, Holmes, Knight, and Still, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Atack, Margaret, Diana Holmes, Diana Knight, and Judith Still (eds). 2012. Women, Genre and Circumstance: Essays in Memory of Elizabeth Fallaize (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Atack, Holmes, Knight, and Still 2012: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Atack, Holmes, Knight, and Still 2012: 21.

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