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Making WavesFrench Feminisms and their Legacies 1975-2015$
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Margaret Atack, Alison S. Fell, Diana Holmes, and Imogen Long

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620429

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620429.001.0001

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‘Les hommes et les femmes, c’est vraiment pas pareil’ (‘Men and women just aren’t the same’)

‘Les hommes et les femmes, c’est vraiment pas pareil’ (‘Men and women just aren’t the same’)

Nancy Huston’s Passions d’Annie Leclerc

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(p.171) Chapter Eleven ‘Les hommes et les femmes, c’est vraiment pas pareil’ (‘Men and women just aren’t the same’)
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Making Waves
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Diana Holmes

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620429.003.0012

Annie Leclerc’s writing, most famously the iconic 1974 text Parole de femme, speaks with lyricism and humour for the différencialiste (difference) current of French women’s writing – the current that has been widely identified outside France with ‘French Feminism’. At the time of its initial publication, the book created intense controversy within the French feminist movement: it was the object of a searing critique by materialist feminist Christine Delphy in the pages of Les Temps modernes, and led to Leclerc’s expulsion from the circle around Simone de Beauvoir.When Leclerc died in 2006, her friend and fellow author Nancy Huston wrote an essay on her work, Passions d’Annie Leclerc (2007), that is at once a tribute, a biographical sketch and a meditation on female friendship. The two writers, of slightly different generations (Leclerc b. 1940, Huston 1953) shared a feminism committed– sometimes disturbingly –to the notion of gender difference and hence to some degree sceptical of the Beauvoirian, constructivist model. Analysing Leclerc’s influential text through the lens of Huston’s contemporary essay, this chapterdiscusses the ‘difference’ strand in French feminism, in the 1970s and now, and its relationship to the innovatively hybrid form of Huston’s memorial essay.

Keywords:   Difference feminism, Annie Leclerc, Parole de femme, Nancy Huston, friendship, body, humour

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