Gender and Generation: Elena Ferrante, Annie Ernaux and the Legacy of Simone de Beauvoir

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Abstract

Simone de Beauvoir’s novella La Femme rompue tells the tale of Monique, who is abandoned by her husband after twenty-two years of marriage. In a didactic style, Beauvoir represents Monique as a caricature of a woman dependent on a man. Several decades later, Elena Ferrante and Annie Ernaux published texts that explore the motif of a woman being abandoned by a man: Ferrante’s I giorni dell’abbandono and Ernaux’s Passion simple. In this article, I examine these two texts and the ways in which they offer a riposte to Beauvoir’s novella. Reading their work through theories of diary fiction, I argue that these two writers depict women who are able to move beyond a narrative of abandonment and, in so doing, they stretch the boundaries of this genre to offer new approaches to the representation of female subjectivity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-194
JournalRomance Studies
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2022

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