Re-hybridizing Transnational Domesticity and Femininity

Re-hybridizing Transnational Domesticity and Femininity : Women's Contemporary Filmmaking and Lifewriting in France, Algeria, and Tunisia

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Re-hybridizing Transnational Domesticity and Femininity examines the problems of voicing the personal when considering the role and place of women in the home. Analyzing a collection of first-person cinematic and literary narratives by Assia Djebar, Annie Ernaux, Simone de Beauvoir, Raja Amari, Coline Serreau, Leila Sebbar, and Yamina Benguigui; Weber-Feve explores the transnational processes of identity formation, gender performance, and construction of culture and society. Through a closer look at contemporary representations of French, Algerian, and Tunisian women on the page and on the screen, this study discusses the ways in which homemaking, nation, and gender are intricately bound to one another and situated in personal history. Working within, as well as beyond, so-called national systems of visual and written representation, these women artists challenge inherited and monolithic performances, definitions, and discourses of femininity. In doing so, they create re-hybridized subjects that begin to recognize and embrace the differences within themselves. The authors and filmmakers in this study-through their female protagonists, the protagonists' homes and homemaking acts, and the investigative lens of the interrogation of the personal-are interested in exploring how the process of uncovering or articulating new and "other" identities and subjectivities ushers in new and "re-hybridized" ways of seeing, knowing, and being more

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  • Hardback | 316 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739134515
  • 9780739134511

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Interrogating and Re-hybridizing the Personal Chapter 2 Chapter 1: Making Home with Assia Djebar: Destablizing the Center(s) Chapter 3 Chapter 2: (Re)Displaying Femininity and Home iwth Annie Ernaux and Simone de Beauvoir Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Creating Domestic Landscapes and Soundscapes with Raja Amari and Coline Serreau Chapter 5 Chapter 4: (Re)Presenting Female Iconography at HOme iwth Leila Sebbar and Yamina Benguigui Chapter 6 Conclusion: 2/3 Spaces: Home, Nation, Gender, Self-Othershow more

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A clear introduction that will be invaluable to novices and specialists alike summarizes the main contributions of each field and demonstrates the author's breadth of knowledge!. The book is an outstanding contribution to the field of transnational feminist studies!. The entire book lays out its arguments in very clear and pedagogical terms, all the while developing nuanced and sophisticated analyses. Each study of an individual text is preceded by a very useful contextualizing section, and the author's original contribution is particularly strong in the close readings of the opening film sequences by Djebar and Amari. This book will be of interest to faculty and students in French and francophone studies as well as film, postcolonial, transnational, and feminist studies. Research In African Literaturesshow more

About Stacey Weber-Feve

Stacey Weber-Feve is assistant professor of French in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Iowa State more