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Muelsch Co-Edits New Book

July 06, 2012

Dr. Muelsch, French Professor in the Department of English and Modern Languages, co-edited with two colleagues from New Zealand,  France Grenaudier-Klijn (Massey University)  and Jean Anderson (Victoria University) Ecrire les hommes –Personnages masculins et masculinité dans l’oeuvre des écrivaines de la Belle Époque, published by the Presses Universitaires de Vincennes.


The Belle Époque was a time during which the field of cultural production was clearly influenced by the overall inequality that existed between French men and women of that period. Writing during the Belle Époque was thus often a challenge for women novelists, even more so if they were writing about men.  How did they create their male characters, what did they have in mind when they were writing about, fathers, husbands, lovers, and sons?  In which way did social and sexual norms of the times influence their writing?  The essays in this collection address these issues re-evaluating the works of nine women writers of the Belle Époque: Colette, Louise-Marie Compain, Thérèse Bentzon, Georges de Peyrebrune, Daniel Lesueur, Rachilde, Marcelle Tinayre, Lucie Delarue-Mardrus and Anna de Noailles.

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