Lesbian Inscriptions in Francophone Society and Culture

Edited by Renate Gunther and Wendy Michallat

Lesbian Inscriptions in Francophone Society and Culture

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8588-8
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.99
  • Published Date: October 2012
  • BIC Category: Literary studies: general, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Literature, Literature: history & criticism


This book represents the first comprehensive collection of essays in English dedicated entirely to the study of lesbian inscriptions in francophone society and culture. Spanning the period from the early nineteenth to the twenty-first century, the volume offers a range of interdisciplinary perspectives on ways in which lesbianism has been represented and represented itself, with essays on poetry and the novel, contemporary film and television, photography and architecture.

These essays will appeal to students and scholars of gender studies and French literature and culture.


Renante Güntner is Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield. Wendy Michallat is Lecturer at the University of Sheffield.


Introduction- Renate Güntner and Wendy Michallat
Baudelaire, lesbian poet? - David Evans
The lesbian as 'femme- écran'? - Owen Heathcote
Lesbian desire in recent French and francophone cinema- Lucille Cairns
Female friendships in contemporary popular films by French women directors- Sophie Bélot
In the margins and off-centre- Brigitte Rollet
Violette Leduc écrivaine et lesbienne- Mireille Brioude
The lesbian body in motion- Stephanie Schechner
Female masculinities and Simone de Beauvoir- Ursula Tidd
Outings on the inside- Amanda Crawley Jackson
The pleasures of discovery- Frances E. Hutchins
Elsie de Wolfe, Natalie Clifford Barney and the lure of Versailles- Sheila Crane
Notes on contributors

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