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Title: A la recherche de la conscience féminine : étude de la représentation de la femme/de l'écrivaine dans l'oeuvre fictive et autobiographique de F. Sagan (1954-1984)
Author: Morello, Nathalie
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1995
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The subject of my thesis is a study of the image of the female characters and of the writer in novels and autobiographical works published by Francoise Sagan between 1954 and 1984. Since the publication of Bonjour Tristesse in 1954, F. Sagan's work has inspired an astounding amount of comment from journalistic critics but has been consistently ignored by academics on the grounds that it does not provide much intellectual substance. I have endeavoured to analyse the many reasons which apparently justify this condescending attitude, before attempting to place her literature in the light of the various definitions that feminist critics have offered of contemporary feminine and feminist literature (essentially Simone de Beauvoir and the Anglo-American researchers). The study of her work indicates the evolution of F. Sagan's intellectual and aesthetic preoccupations during the three stages of her first thirty years as a writer. I have initially concentrated on analysing the image of the female character, her consciousness, and her moral, sexual and social identity in the first six novels published before the emergence of the feminist movement in France. This has enabled me to determine to what extent these novels conform to the various models suggested by feminist prescriptive criticism but also to what extent they differ. The subsequent study of later novels has allowed me to develop F. Sagan's conception of the essence of human relationships and to expose her denial of an innate male/female opposition. A chapter has been devoted to her autobiographical works in order to show the role assigned by the writer to this particular genre: to affirm her self and the value of her writing in a literary environment still very much dominated by the male perspective. Humour is a recurring feature of F. Sagan's both fictional and autobiographical writing, and I have tried to define the reasons for its use and the subversive consequences of it on her texts.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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