WIF session: La science-fiction chez les écrivaines françaises. Quelle vision à-venir ?

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RMMLA Boise, Idaho - October 9-12, 2014
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This session proposes to explore and discuss science fiction by French and Francophone women authors, through all issues present in texts (novels or short stories): hybrid bodies, network connections, environmental issues, political systems, cloning, gender relations, and much more.
French science fiction is largely unknown in the United-States due in part to a lack of translated texts from French into English. And yet, there is in France a growing scholarship on the history of French science-fiction, as well as its poetics and favorite themes. Although largely dominated by male authors, the genre attracts many women who use it to comment on the present or imagine societies in the far or near future. Many mainstream authors have also experimented with the future without being categorized as SF writers, such as Amin Maalouf (Le premier siècle après Béatrice), Marie Darrieussecq (White, Zoo), Michel Houellebecq (La possibilité d'une île). For this reason, this session welcomes proposals pertaining to any traditional and hard SF by women authors (such as Sylvie Denis and Elisabeth Vonarburg), but also about any text in which the author develops a vision of the future. *Presentations focusing on female characters in French SF will also be considered.
Chair: Annabelle Dolidon, Portland State University (dolidon@pdx.edu)