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Multilingual Life Writing by French and Francophone Women

Translingual Selves, 1st Edition

By Natalie Edwards


176 pages

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This volumeexamines the ways in which multilingual women authors incorporate several languages into their life writing. It compares the work of six contemporary authors who write predominantly in French. It analyses the narrative strategies they develop to incorporate more than one language into their life writing: French and English, French and Creole, or French and German, for example. The book demonstrates how women writers transform languages to invent new linguistic formations and how they create new formulations of subjectivity within their self-narrative. It intervenes in current debates over global literature, national literatures and translingual and transnational writing, which constitute major areas of research in literary and cultural studies. It also contributes to debates in linguistics through its theoretical framework of translanguaging. It argues that multilingual authors create new paradigms for life writing and that they question our understanding of categories such as "French literature."

Table of Contents


Chapter 1

Lydie Salvayre: Translanguaging, Testimony and History

Chapter 2

French-Vietnamese Translanguaging in the Work of Kim Thúy

Chapter 3

"En Australie, je parle une langue minoritaire": Catherine Rey’s Franco-Australian Life-Writing

Chapter 4

Gisèle Pineau’s Evolving Translanguaging: From Un Papillon dans la cité to L’Exil selon Julia to Mes quatres femmes

Chapter 5

Staging Resistance to the Language of the Colonizer: Chantal Spitz’s Translanguaging

Chapter 6

Hélène Cixous’s Franco-German Translanguaging in Une Autobiographie allemande


About the Author

Dr. Natalie Edwards is Associate Professor of French at the University of Adelaide, Australia. She specializes in women’s writing, life writing and translingual writing in French. She is the author of Shifting Subjects: Plural Subjectivity in Contemporary Francophone Women’s Autobiography (2011) and Voicing Voluntary Childlessness: Narratives of Non-Mothering in French (2016). She is co-editor of Textual and Visual Selves: Photography, Film and Visual Art in French Autobiography (2011) and Framing French Culture (2015) and of ten edited volumes on contemporary French and Francophone literatures.

About the Series

Routledge Auto/Biography Studies

The Routledge Auto/Biography Studies book series publishes outstanding new work from preeminent scholars and emerging voices in autobiography, biography, life writing, life narrative, and identity studies. This series is an interdisciplinary project that maintains interest in all forms of auto/biographical narrative analysis related to understanding varied constructions of the self. While centered in literary studies and the larger field of the humanities, books in this series engage with scholars and theories from such disciplines as anthropology, biology, linguistics, pedagogy, psychology, and sociology, among others. The emphasis on exploring the innovative authors, genres, and methodologies of auto/biographical narratives appeals to scholars, students, and practitioners alike. Emerging from Routledge’s longstanding commitment to auto/biography studies, this series makes a substantial contribution to the burgeoning global study of lives and life stories. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / French