Postfeminist worldmaking in Australian memoirs of life in France

de Nooy, Juliana (2015) Postfeminist worldmaking in Australian memoirs of life in France. Journal of Language, Literature and Culture, 62 1: 55-61. doi:10.1179/2051285615Z.00000000050

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Author de Nooy, Juliana
Title Postfeminist worldmaking in Australian memoirs of life in France
Journal name Journal of Language, Literature and Culture   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2051-2856
Publication date 2015-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1179/2051285615Z.00000000050
Open Access Status
Volume 62
Issue 1
Start page 55
End page 61
Total pages 7
Place of publication Leeds, W Yorks, United Kingdom
Publisher Maney Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
While only one book-length memoir recounting the sojourn of an Australian in France was published in the 1990s, thirty-seven have been published since 2000, overwhelmingly written by women. In the majority of these accounts, France serves as a backdrop to a project of refashioning the self. This article traces the ways in which France is configured in the memoirs to assist in the makeover of life, love, and self. In many cases, France becomes the ideal space in which to construct a hyper-aestheticized life of luxury domesticity. But even those authors who challenge the postfeminist fantasy position themselves in relation to this discourse, which refuses to fade into the background, so that France becomes a site of tension between competing kinds of worldmaking among Australian women.
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