Gender Difference and Cultural Labour in French Fiction from Zola to Colette

Nicholas White
To sketch out the parameters of the field of male and female fiction on the cultural labour of women in the early Third Republic, I offer as wilfully contrary examples: Émile Zola’s short story, Madame Sourdis (1880), about the art world; Guy de Maupassant’s novel of mainstream journalism, Bel-Ami (1885), and Marcelle Tinayre’s rather different novel of feminist journalism La Rebelle (1905); and finally, Colette’s La Vagabonde (1910) which charts quasi-autobiographically Renée Néré’s post-divorce journey...
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