Women’s individuation in the works of Pierrette Fleutiaux.
Elizabeth Anne Sercombe
Strange Adventures examine portrayals of womanhood in the works of prize-winning French author Pierrette Fleutiaux. Fleutiaux’s refreshing pictures of womanhood offer insights into how women can become more whole, substantial and free in themselves and in their relationships, as well as how they can contribute to the external world through their creativity and leadership. The study demonstrates how Fleutiaux’s heroines navigate the external, bodily and inner situations of adolescence, early adult life, mariage, motherhood, maturity, leadership and death, in the process developing greater inner ressources of wisdom, compassion and resilience.
This volume considers selections from Fleutiaux’s œuvre, from her first short fiction Histoire de la chauve souris to her recent Lolita le temps venu, including Métamorphoses de la reine ( Goncourt de la nouvelle ) and Nous sommes éternels (Prix Femina). Using a theoritical framework which draws on Jungian concepts and the philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir, the study analyses women’s individuation trajectories at each stage of life. Throughout, Fleutiaux’s depictions are shown to pose a challenge to existing conceptions of womanhood and individuality, thus opening up new understandings of what it means to be a woman, and to be human.
Elizabeth Anne Sercombe is the Director of evolute, a human transformation consultancy based in the UK. She holds a PhD in French Literature from the University of Southampton. Her consultancy work combines research, writing and facilitation to enable individuals and organizations to thrive in the adventures of twenty-first-century life.
Maison d'édition : PETER LANG.