Deux figures féminines hors normes de la fin du XIXe siècle – Raoule de Rachilde et Selma de Benedictson

  • Cecilia Carlander University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and at the Sorbonne University in Paris (Paris IV), France
Emneord (Nøkkelord): Rachilde, Benedictsson, Monsieur Vénus, Argent, Pengar, décadence, figures féminines, “nouvelle femme”, femme indépendante, fin-de-siècle

Sammendrag

A year after the French success scandal that Rachilde had with her decadent novel Monsieur Vénus, a novel by the Swedish writer Victoria Benedictsson, Money [Pengar], is published in Sweden in 1885. The two novels focus on young women having to find their identities within society's new possibilities, as well as the new gender roles; developed by the new society. In their relations with both conventional and non-conventional male characters, the two female characters transgress society's former established and given norms. In this article, the aim is to present how two female protagonists, the French Raoule and the Swedish Selma, are given different background conditions and qualities that finally can contribute to picture and explain their outstanding independence. Moreover, the new gender roles and their impact on the two female characters are discussed within themes and terms such as the "new woman", androgynity, sexuality and other explicite ingredients and symbols often discussed in a decadent context. Through the comparisons, this article shows how the two female portraits express the decadent transgressivity, in several aspects similarly, with individual voices, despite their two separate literary milieux.

Forfatterbiografi

Cecilia Carlander, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and at the Sorbonne University in Paris (Paris IV), France
Cecilia Carlander is a Ph.D. student in comparative literature at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and at the Sorbonne University in Paris (Paris IV), France. She has taught Swedish language and literature as well as comparative literature at both French and Swedish universities. She is currently working on a thesis entitled "Les figures féminines et leur implication esthétique dans quelques romans français et suédois de la fin du XIXe siècle".
Publisert
2012-03-26
Hvordan referere
Carlander, Cecilia. 2012. «Deux Figures féminines Hors Normes De La Fin Du XIXe siècle – Raoule De Rachilde Et Selma De Benedictson». Nordlit 15 (2), 13-25. https://doi.org/10.7557/13.2042.