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21 - Gender and the Novel from Sand to Colette

from Part III - After the Revolution: The Novel in the Long Nineteenth Century

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 February 2021

Adam Watt
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University of Exeter
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This chapter focuses on novels by George Sand, Marcelle Tinayre, Rachilde and Colette, along with a series of lesser-known works from the July Monarchy to explore the relation between gender and the novel in nineteenth-century France. While it would be impossible to write a history of the nineteenth-century English novel without making women writers central to the analysis, the same has not been true for histories of the French novel of this period. The chapter explores how women grappled with their outsider status and the different strategies which they adopted in order to legitimate their voices in an often hostile literary world. While drawing attention to similarities of both content and form in women’s novelistic practice, it also considers and illustrates the diversity of literary practices which characterises women’s writing of the period, and highlights the important ways in which gender shaped separate but interconnecting histories of male and female authorship of the nineteenth-century French novel.

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Print publication year: 2021

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Further Reading

Cohen, Margaret, The Sentimental Education of the Novel (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Finch, Alison, Women’s Writing in Nineteenth-Century France (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)Google Scholar
Harkness, Nigel, Men of their Words: The Poetics of Masculinity in George Sand’s Fiction (Oxford: Legenda, 2007)Google Scholar
Hawthorne, Melanie, Rachilde and French Women’s Authorship: From Decadence to Modernism (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2001)Google Scholar
Holmes, Diana, Colette (London: Macmillan, 1991)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Holmes, Diana, French Women’s Writing, 1848–1994 (London: Athlone Press, 1996)Google Scholar
Mesch, Rachel, The Hysteric’s Revenge: French Women Writers at the Fin de Siècle (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2006)Google Scholar
Naginski, Isabelle, George Sand: Writing for her Life (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1991)Google Scholar
Planté, Christine, La Petite Sœur de Balzac (Paris: Seuil, 1989)Google Scholar
Reid, Martine, Des femmes en littérature (Paris: Belin, 2010)Google Scholar
Schor, Naomi, George Sand and Idealism (New York: Columbia University Press, 1993)Google Scholar

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