Carrie Gates | December 22, 2019
While living in Paris, frequenting its many bookstores and universities, Alison Rice realized a watershed moment was happening in contemporary French literature.
More than ever before, women from around the world were coming to Paris to write in French.
For nearly 15 years, the associate professor of French and Francophone studies has explored why these women were drawn to France and how they are transforming the Parisian literary landscape through innovative works of fiction.
“I’ve always been interested in the phenomenon of someone who can master the language well enough to write good works, or maybe even great works, of literature in French when it’s not their native tongue,” Rice said. “Suddenly, we have this moment where we have an unprecedented number of global women writers of French.”
With funding from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Rice conducted 18 filmed interviews in Paris over eight years with authors originally from Iran, Korea, Senegal, and Bulgaria, among other countries.
She compiled, edited, and translated the interviews to create an online archive, francophonemetronomes.com, which is accessible to scholars and students worldwide.
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