Cover

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Title Page

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p. iii

Copyright

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p. iv

Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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p. ix

Over the past ten years, I have benefited from the support of a number of institutions that gave me time off from teaching in order to work on this project. I am grateful for a Camargo Foundation fellowship in Cassis, France, which offered a beautiful setting for writing and reflection. The...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-13

this book will contribute a new facet to literary histories of the Belle Epoque, one that has not been explored previously: the fascinating subgenre of the bildungsroman that flourished briefly during the first decade of the twentieth century in France, and that I have labeled...

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1. Innovation and Education: Historical Contexts from the Belle Epoque

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pp. 15-41

The events of the Third Republic that would have the most significant impact on women’s lives, both immediately and on a long-term basis, were the creation of girls’ public secondary schools and women’s teacher training schools (les

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2. Literary Contexts: Bildungsroman, Erziehungsroman, and Berufsroman

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pp. 43-77

Women writers of the Belle Epoque who developed plots about the education and professional careers of modern women brought surprising innovations to a genre that had existed for some time in Europe. Although novels of professional or educational development may appear to...

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3. Dreams and Disappointments: Women’s Education Novels

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pp. 79-111

Less than twenty years after the French Republic passed a law requiring primary education for both boys and girls, the surprising Claudine

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4. Cervelines: Women Scientists in Novels of Professional Development

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pp. 113-147

On April 12, 1898, professor Gabriel Lippmann made a report to the Acad

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5. Ind

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pp. 149-173

Women writers who discussed Yver’s Princesses de science did not give it unanimous praise. The novelist and journalist Camille Marbo wrote a fairly severe critique of the work in her article “La Femme intellectuelle au foyer” (“The Intellectual Woman at Home”), published in the August...

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6. The Composite Novel: Women Lawyers in Les Dames du Palais

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pp. 175-201

The legal profession proved to be one of the least popular career choices with women of the Belle Epoque, and numbers of women in this field did not increase until well after World War I.1 Yet women were constantly in the courthouses of France, due to an increase in infamous women...

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7. After the War

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pp. 203-217

In this book I have concentrated on women writers from the first decade of the twentieth century because that is the time period when novels featuring women professionals first blossomed and enjoyed both critical and popular success. When World War I began, the tone and topic of women...

Appendixes

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pp. 219-221

References

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pp. 231-238

Index

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pp. 239-249