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The Heroine as Social Redeemer in the Plays of Jean Giraudoux Victoria B. Korzeniowska

The Heroine as Social Redeemer in the Plays of Jean Giraudoux

Victoria B. Korzeniowska

Published October 2nd 2001
ISBN : 9783906766928
Paperback
144 pages
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There are very few full-length critical studies of Jean Giraudouxs work in English and none dealing with his most memorable creations, his heroines. This study fills this important gap, drawing on recent research on womens history and feminism inMoreThere are very few full-length critical studies of Jean Giraudouxs work in English and none dealing with his most memorable creations, his heroines. This study fills this important gap, drawing on recent research on womens history and feminism in the inter-war period, and work on gender, to provide an original evaluation of the gender politics at play in Giraudouxs theatre. Focusing on the extent to which Giraudouxs portrayal of his heroines is consistent with the inter-war years idealization of women as saviours of society, the study examines the heroines role in both the domestic and public spheres and explores issues of conformity and rebellion, reflecting critically on the extent to which Giraudouxs theatre formed part of the wider contemporary debate on the woman question and on the future of French society.