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Colette
Author: Julia Kristeva

ISBN: 9780231128971
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1 November 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 18.0 x 2.9
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Published on the fiftieth anniversary of her death, this intellectual biography of Colette -- the final volume of Julia Kristeva's trilogy "Female Genius" -- will be considered a major breakthrough in understanding one of the great creative minds of the twentieth century.

Colette (1873-1954) was a prolific novelist who celebrated sexual pleasure and invented a language for it at a time when women writers were inhibited about dealing with the topic. Female sexuality in a male-dominated world and the joys and pains of love served as her main themes, and her novels -- "Cheri, La Chatte, " and "Gigi, " among them -- blurred the boundaries between fact and fiction long before autobiographical novels became commonplace. She married three times, had male and female lovers, and for a time supported herself as a mime, dancing semi-nude in music halls throughout France. When she died, she received the first state funeral the French Republic had ever given a woman.

Colette's writing was inspired by entertainers, courtesans, an aristocratic Parisian lesbian subculture, and "fin de siA]cle" gay aesthetes. She admired those who lived...

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