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About Women and the Workplace, From Annie Ernaux to Alice Zeniter (SAMLA 91)

Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Organization: SAMLA 91
Event: SAMLA 91
Categories: Interdisciplinary, French, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Literary Theory, Women's Studies, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy
Event Date: 2019-11-15 to 2019-11-17 Abstract Due: 2019-05-31

In the last 25 years, the workplace has become increasingly important in literary narratives. The role of women in the professional world is well represented in works of fiction by Annie Ernaux, Marie Ndiaye, and Maylis de Kerangal. Women workers also appear prominently in novels authored by Lydie Salvayre (1993, 2010), Marie Darrieussecq (1996, 2016), Amélie Nothomb (1999), Delphine de Vigan (2009, 2018), Nathalie Kuperman (2010), Florence Aubenas (2010), Véronique Ovaldé (2013), Alice Zeniter (2015, 2017) Leila Slimani (2016), Emilie Guillaumin (2016), Catherine Poulain (2016, 2018), and Camille Laurens (2017), to name but a few.

These novels and narratives address various topics including poverty, gender inequalities as well as psychological and sexual violence. Contemporary works of fiction by women often attempt to reclaim the workplace as one belonging equally to all, regardless of assumptions about gender. Narratives describe the work place as a disputed site replete with various forms of political engagement. The struggle for better wages and work conditions as well as the acquisition of new work skills can herald new forms of heroism. Here we will seek to understand what is at stake in literary representations of women in the world of business.

Please send a 200-word abstract in English or French to Nora Cottille-Foley, Georgia Institute of Technology, drncf@gatech.edu by May 31, 2019 along with presenter’s academic affiliation, contact information, as well as a short biography and A/V requirements. 



Nora Cottille-Foley