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The Resource Middlebrow matters : women's reading and the literary canon in France since the Belle Époque, Diana Holmes

Middlebrow matters : women's reading and the literary canon in France since the Belle Époque, Diana Holmes

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Middlebrow matters : women's reading and the literary canon in France since the Belle Époque
Title
Middlebrow matters
Title remainder
women's reading and the literary canon in France since the Belle Époque
Statement of responsibility
Diana Holmes
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This is the first book to study the middlebrow novel in France. Middlebrow is a derogatory word that connotes blandness, mediocrity and a failed aspiration to 'high' culture. However, when appropriated as a positive term to denote that wide swathe of literature between the challenging experimentalism of the high and the formulaic tendency of the popular, it enables a rethinking of the literary canon from the point of view of what most readers actually read, a criterion curiously absent from dominant definitions of literary value. Since women have long formed a majority of the reading public, this perspective immediately feminises what has always been a very male canon. Opening with a theorisation of the concept of middlebrow that mounts a defence of some literary qualities disdained by modernism, the book then focuses on a series of case studies of periods (the Belle Époque, inter-war, early twenty-first century), authors (including Colette, Irène Nemirovsky, Françoise Sagan, Anna Gavalda) and the middlebrow nature of literary prizes. It concludes with a double reading of a single text, from the perspective of an academic critic, and from that of a middlebrow reader."--
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1949-
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Holmes, Diana
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Contemporary French and francophone cultures
Series volume
57
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  • French fiction
  • French fiction
  • Women and literature
  • Women
  • Feminism in literature
  • Social classes in literature
Label
Middlebrow matters : women's reading and the literary canon in France since the Belle Époque, Diana Holmes
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-237) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Reclaiming the middlebrow -- The birth of French middlebrow -- Colette: The middlebrow modernist -- Interwar France: The case of the missing middlebrow -- The 'little world' of Françoise Sagan -- Literary prizes, women and the middlebrow -- Realism, romance and self-reflexivity: Twenty-first-century middlebrow -- Conclusion: Marie NDiaye's femme puissante -- a double reading
Control code
on1033530958
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
244 pages
Isbn
9781786941565
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1033530958
Label
Middlebrow matters : women's reading and the literary canon in France since the Belle Époque, Diana Holmes
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-237) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Reclaiming the middlebrow -- The birth of French middlebrow -- Colette: The middlebrow modernist -- Interwar France: The case of the missing middlebrow -- The 'little world' of Françoise Sagan -- Literary prizes, women and the middlebrow -- Realism, romance and self-reflexivity: Twenty-first-century middlebrow -- Conclusion: Marie NDiaye's femme puissante -- a double reading
Control code
on1033530958
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
244 pages
Isbn
9781786941565
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1033530958

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