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From feminism to post-feminism : Margaret Atwood's The Edible Woman (1969), Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary (1996) and more

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Valérie Cossy
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2014 -> 2014

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


Reading and analysing literary texts within the context of feminist thought and gender studies.


This cours/séminaire aims to understand the nuances and transitions of feminist thinking and feminist issues between the 1960s and now on the basis of two novels which, interestingly, articulate feminist criticism and gender issues in relation to a similar kind of heroine: Marian and Bridge are both of them ordinary commonsensical girls with a job in the communication business, that is to say, both of them are confronted, simultaneously, with the material possibilities of an emancipated life as well as with the symbols and expectations of the consumer society, to which they actively and more or less creatively contribute. But, beyond their similarities in providing feminist food for thought, the two novels imply radically different options for the self-fulfillment of each protagonist in terms of matrimony and contemporaneity, most noticeable in their absolutely diverging (happy) endings. This is why the comparison between the two novels will also rely on extracts from feminist criticism likely to articulate a feminist context in which to grasp better the ideological transition at stake, among which: Simone de Beauvoir, Betty Friedan, Angela McRobbie and Judith Butler.


Credits and grade depend on the active participation in class discussions and in the writing up of an individual essay (2'000 - 3'000 words).


Books will be ordered from Basta
- Margaret Atwood, The Edible Woman, 1969 [Virago].
- Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary, 1996 [Pan Macmillan Picador].

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