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The University of Southampton
International Summer School

Sex and Desire in French Literature

Fuelled by the sexual revolution, the women’s movement and gay activism, the late twentieth century saw a flourishing of critical interest in questions of sex, gender and desire and their relation to literature and culture.

Olympia by Édouard Manet (1863)
Olympia by Édouard Manet (1863)

This module will develop your understanding of three overlapping critical approaches (feminist, psychoanalytic and queer) allowing you to find your own routes into a range of literary texts. Thinking about gender and desire is a central concern of contemporary critical thought. By reading a selection of critical writings alongside literary texts, you will explore questions such as: How do the stories we tell shape our understanding of gender roles?

The academic organising this topic is Dr Aude Campmas, Lecturer in Modern Languages and Linguistics.

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