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La Femme de Gilles de Madeleine Bourdouxhe, ou la fulgurante identit d'un roman belge de langue franaise

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La Femme de Gilles, a novel written by the Belgian author Madeleine Bourdouxhe and published in 1937, highlights the everyday life of a woman, lisa, in the working class world of the 1930s. By showing that lisa's passionate love for her husband Gilles allows her to escape the domestic and social constraints of her existence, my analysis aims to point out the limiting effects of certain discourses that confine the cultural and aesthetic dimensions of literary works to a systematic theoretical field, such as that of francophonie or feminism. Bourdouxhe's novel can be seen as illustrating not only the complex identity of Belgian literature in French, but also the questions raised by contemporary Francophone writers through their creation of a littrature-monde that claims its independence from restrictive categories.
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Keywords: Belgique; fminisme; francophonie; identit et diffrence; littrature belge; littrature-monde

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Cincinnati.

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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  • The International Journal of Francophone Studies offers a critical preview for a new development in the understanding of 'France outside France', with a thorough insight into the network of disciplinary issues affiliated with this study. The journal complements the thriving area of scholarly interest in the French-speaking regions of the world, bringing a location of linguistic, cultural, historical and social dynamics within a single academic arena.
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