Introduction to French and Francophone Women Writers
Université Catholique de Lille
Area of Study
French Culture, Literature, Women's and Gender Studies
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
This course will provide students with an introduction to / overview of the literary representation
of gendered experiences in personal stories authored by a range of leading contemporary female
By reading selection of critical writings alongside literary texts, we will explore the relation
between sexual identity and literary practices and between gender and genre.
How do stories shape our understanding of gender roles? How do they reveal stereotypes about
feminity, masculinity, sexuality and ethnicity? How does literature deconstruct common attitudes
about sex, gender, abortion, sexual difference, sexual politics, language, culture and society? What
is the role of women’s writing in contemporary France in reimagining and reshaping sexual and
racial identities? How does the representation of gendered and racialized experiences in women’s
literature challenge the dominant patriarchal and colonial discourse of contemporary France?
Course sessions will include:
- Close reading analysis
- Individual and group presentations
- Wrap-up and evaluation
By the end of the course, the students should:
- Acquire knowledge of women's writing in contemporary France
- Acquire the critical vocabulary used in the field of literature and women’s studies
- Develop an ability to use concepts of literary and cultural analysis
- Develop an ability to engage in focused discussion and formal presentation
- Develop an understanding of the issues involved in writing autobiographically
- Improve reading skills through close readings of texts
- Understand various critical approaches to women’s writing
This course will explore these questions through class discussions, presentations and close readings.
We will read extracts from the following texts:
Nina Bouraoui, Tomboy.
University of Nebraska Press, 2007.
Marie Darrieussecq, Pig Tales: A Novel of Lust and Transformation.
New York: The New Press, 1997.
Virginie Despentes, King Kong Theory.
New York: Feminist Press, 2010.
Faïza, Guène, Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow.
Orlando: Harcourt, 2006.
Anne Garréta, Sphinx
Deep Vellum Publishing, 2015
+ Essays by Simone de Beauvoir, Judith Butler, Franz Fanon, Michel Foucault, and critical scholarship
on the authors.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations