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Annie ErnauxThe Return to Origins$
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Siobhan McIlvanney

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235378

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312571

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The Adult Woman: Female Behaviour Paradigms in La Femme gelée and Passion simple

The Adult Woman: Female Behaviour Paradigms in La Femme gelée and Passion simple

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(p.49) Chapter 2 The Adult Woman: Female Behaviour Paradigms in La Femme gelée and Passion simple
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Annie Ernaux
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853235378.003.0003

This chapter examines the portrayal of the adult woman and female behaviour paradigms in Annie Ernaux's La Femme gelée and Passion simple. It evaluates the interpretation of these works as feminist and suggests that such an interpretation is based more on politically aware use of rhetoric than on the events they portray. The chapter explains that feminist interpretation of these works is focused on the narrator's sexually voracious attitude to her lover and on the frank portrayal of sexual desire from the perspective of a middle-aged female.

Keywords:   adult woman, female behavior, Annie Ernaux, La Femme gelée, Passion simple, feminist interpretation, sexual desire, middle-aged female

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