This book presents a series of highly readable, well-documented essays describing French life styles, attitudes, and entertainments as well as the writers and performers currently favored by the French public. Several chapters explore French tastes in popular literature and other reading matter, including comics, cartoons, mystery and spy fiction, newspapers and magazines, and science fiction. Film, popular music, radio, and television are also discussed in detail, and influences from other cultures--particularly American "imports"--are assessed. The remaining essays examine French sports, leisure, eating and drinking, and relations between men and women.
Sometimes enjoying considerable favor, sometimes less, iconography has been an essential element in medieval art historical studies since the beginning of the discipline. Some of the greatest art historians – including Mâle, Warburg, Panofsky, Morey, and Schapiro – have devoted their lives to understanding and structuring what exactly the subject matter of a work of medieval art can tell. Over the last thirty or so years, scholarship has seen the meaning and methodologies of the term considerably broadened. This companion provides a state-of-the-art assessment of the influence of the foremost iconographers, as well as the methodologies employed and themes that underpin the discipline. The first section focuses on influential thinkers in the field, while the second covers some of the best-known methodologies; the third, and largest section, looks at some of the major themes in medieval art. Taken together, the three sections include thirty-eight chapters, each of which deals with an individual topic. An introduction, historiographical evaluation, and bibliography accompany the individual essays. The authors are recognized experts in the field, and each essay includes original analyses and/or case studies which will hopefully open the field for future research.
Brings into relief a critical relationship between the female mind and body that is essential to understanding the discursive position of the turn-of-the-century woman writer. This book includes novels that confront this mind/body problem through a wide variety of styles and genres that challenge conventional fin-de-siecle notions of femininity.
A wide range of French women writers are surveyed, including Sand, Colette, Beauvoir and Duras among the "canonized", and many marginalized or forgotten and contemporary names not yet widely known outside France. These writers are seen within the political, economic and cultural context of women's lives and how these have changed across a century-and-a-half. Underpinning the whole account is the relationship between gender and language, between politics sexual and textual.
pornography and censorship in twentieth-century French literature
Author: John Phillips
Pubpsher: Pluto Pr
Category: Literary Collections
French culture has long been perceived by the English-speaking reader as somehow more "erotic" than its Anglo-Saxon equivalent. This lively & accessible book shows how twentieth century French literary pornography has a self-reflexive & lucid character, situating itself, often with ironic distance, in a long tradition of erotic writing that is as old as printing itself. The opening chapter examines the history of the reception of the pornographic text in France & considers the moral & political issues that have surrounded it, from its subversive role in the ancien regime to the current feminist debates on the effects of pornography & the case for & against censorship. Subsequent chapters offer new readings of some of this century's major works of eroticism by both men & women - notably Story of the Eye, Story of O & Emmanuelle - & address the most controversial issues of contemporary sexual politics, such as objectification, sadomasochism, homoeroticism & pedophilia. Phillips argues that the pornographic genre has gradually become less phallo-centric, so that there are presently as many French women writing erotically as men. Appropriately, therefore, the last chapter deals with two recent erotic novels by female authors, one of which, Marie Darrieussecq's Pig Tales, has become an international bestseller.