Shooting The Canon: Feminine Autobiographical Voices of the French-Speaking World

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/194135
Title:
Shooting The Canon: Feminine Autobiographical Voices of the French-Speaking World
Author:
Mosher, Sarah Elizabeth
Issue Date:
2008
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
In the field of literary production, women's autobiographical writing has been one of the most powerful means of artistic expression. Life-writing is a genre of ambiguity and paradox intertwined with some of the most fundamental questions of literary studies. Within the domain of lettres françaises, new canons of female-authored literary works from France and the various regions of the non-Western French-speaking world have emerged during both the colonial and postcolonial periods. This body of published autobiographical texts has worked to re-define the very nature of twentieth and twenty-first century literary canons. In addition to the traditional autobiographical novel, other literary genres such as travel journals, diaries, poetry, confessions, memoirs, and autobiographical fiction provide authors with a wide array of literary alternatives to the classical autobiography. Focused on the autobiographical texts and films of five French-speaking women of the twentieth century, this study examines both canonical and marginal female authors from France, Northern Africa, and the Caribbean. In addition to dealing with issues such as personal freedom, language, social class, the desire to write, family, alterity, and space, this project seeks to analyze how five French-speaking women autobiographers of different generations and social and national origins established a literature of their own through a métissage of autobiographical forms. Since autobiography is a mode that historically has been defined by mostly white, Christian, European men of the upper social echelon, I propose to show the different ways in which the women of this study have in fact been “shooting the autobiographical canon” by taking over, taking aim at, or altering the established domain of male-authored life-narratives as in the case of Simone de Beauvoir, Elisabeth Lacoin and Maryse Condé, or in filming a new canon of autobiographical expression in the case of Assia Djebar’s and Yamina Benguigui’s documentaries.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
French; Francophone; Autobiography; Women; Postcolonial
Degree Name:
PhD
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
French; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Leibacher, Lise; Bourget, Carine
Committee Chair:
Leibacher, Lise; Bourget, Carine

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleShooting The Canon: Feminine Autobiographical Voices of the French-Speaking Worlden_US
dc.creatorMosher, Sarah Elizabethen_US
dc.contributor.authorMosher, Sarah Elizabethen_US
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn the field of literary production, women's autobiographical writing has been one of the most powerful means of artistic expression. Life-writing is a genre of ambiguity and paradox intertwined with some of the most fundamental questions of literary studies. Within the domain of lettres françaises, new canons of female-authored literary works from France and the various regions of the non-Western French-speaking world have emerged during both the colonial and postcolonial periods. This body of published autobiographical texts has worked to re-define the very nature of twentieth and twenty-first century literary canons. In addition to the traditional autobiographical novel, other literary genres such as travel journals, diaries, poetry, confessions, memoirs, and autobiographical fiction provide authors with a wide array of literary alternatives to the classical autobiography. Focused on the autobiographical texts and films of five French-speaking women of the twentieth century, this study examines both canonical and marginal female authors from France, Northern Africa, and the Caribbean. In addition to dealing with issues such as personal freedom, language, social class, the desire to write, family, alterity, and space, this project seeks to analyze how five French-speaking women autobiographers of different generations and social and national origins established a literature of their own through a métissage of autobiographical forms. Since autobiography is a mode that historically has been defined by mostly white, Christian, European men of the upper social echelon, I propose to show the different ways in which the women of this study have in fact been “shooting the autobiographical canon” by taking over, taking aim at, or altering the established domain of male-authored life-narratives as in the case of Simone de Beauvoir, Elisabeth Lacoin and Maryse Condé, or in filming a new canon of autobiographical expression in the case of Assia Djebar’s and Yamina Benguigui’s documentaries.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectFrenchen_US
dc.subjectFrancophoneen_US
dc.subjectAutobiographyen_US
dc.subjectWomenen_US
dc.subjectPostcolonialen_US
thesis.degree.namePhDen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineFrenchen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorLeibacher, Liseen_US
dc.contributor.advisorBourget, Carineen_US
dc.contributor.chairLeibacher, Liseen_US
dc.contributor.chairBourget, Carineen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberZeguraen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberElisabethen_US
dc.identifier.proquest2845en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659749914en_US
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