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Femmes scandaleuses : le pouvoir transformatif de la transgression chez Virginie Despentes, Nelly Arcan et aurélia aurita Open Access


Other title
women's writing
écriture des femmes
public sphere
media studies
French literature
Écriture québecoise
Littérature française
cultural studies
bande dessinée
études culturelles
étude des médias
sphère publique
Type of item
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Gheno, Marine
Supervisor and department
Carrière, Marie (English and Film Studies)
Reyns-Chikuma, Chris (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Penrod, Lynn (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Snauwaert, Maïté (Faculté Saint Jean)
Demers, Patricia (English and Film Studies)
Cornelio, Dawn (School of Languages and Literatures, University of Guelph)
Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
French Language, Literatures and Linguistics
Date accepted
Graduation date
2016-06:Fall 2016
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
This study focuses on scandals in the feminine, or the media turmoil triggered by women’s writing demonstrating an awareness of women’s oppression. Scandalous women subvert norms by addressing sexuality, pleasure, desire as well as racism, hybrid identities, and power and domination relationships engrained in all aspects of daily life. Their speech generates indignation in the public sphere as it brings to the surface taboos and uncomfortable issues. The transgression of scandalous women invokes both the principle of visibility of our current societies and the commitment in the feminine to fight for the inclusion of women in the public sphere. The three authors examined in this dissertation, Virginie Despentes, Nelly Arcan, and aurélia aurita, are scandalous women inasmuch as their works and their public persona have been the subject of polemic, scandal or media buzz. The study of their productions deemed scandalous alongside their reception according to a research framework informed by the structures of the public sphere and artistic fields in the contemporary media era as well as feminist criticism brings to light the norms imposed on women in the public sphere. This study also highlights the commitment in the feminine exemplified by the articulation of a feminine agency and the constitution of a woman subject in these works. The media coverage of scandals widens the public audience of those transgressive works and instigates, potentially, debates about social taboos, and eventually, the transformation of the dominant ideology. Scandalous women in cultural and media representations open up a space for transgressive, excessive, out of place, minority, and disobedient subjects to speak, shake up the status quo, and expand the possible.
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