Introduction: Women, solidarity and solitude

Elise Hugueny-Léger, Caroline Verdier

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This volume includes sixteen contributions on the representation of female solidarity and solitude in French and Francophone literature and history. Through a series of historical and literary case studies, this volume contends that the construction of ‘female solidarity’ in a French-speaking context has depended not only on networks, dialogues and correspondences, but also (and often simultaneously) on confrontations and rivalry between women, and on marginal, unconventional representations of femininity and motherhood. This volume therefore offers a nuanced insight into the place of women in French and Francophone societies and literatures, by exploring a variety of factors which have favoured the emergence of women in the public sphere in France – and other French-speaking countries. The selected contributions show that some of the most remarkable examples of women’s liberation have depended on the refusal to conform to representations of female solidarity or identity. Built around two main sections – a socio-historical one and a more contemporary literary one – this volume sheds light on contemporary perspectives on estrangement, isolation and alternative representations of femininity by looking at historical antecedents of women who negotiated their own trajectory through tension and isolation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSolitaires, Solidaires
Subtitle of host publicationConflict and Confluence in Women's Writings in French
EditorsCaroline Verdier, Elise Hugueny-Léger
Place of PublicationNewcastle-upon-Tyne
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015
EventWomen in French / Women in French in Scotland 2013 joint international conference - Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 May 201312 May 2013


ConferenceWomen in French / Women in French in Scotland 2013 joint international conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • women's studies
  • literature
  • female solidarity


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