Michèle A. Schaal, assistant professor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, published her first book, "Une troisième vague féministe et littéraire."
In France, the 1990s constituted a crucial era both for feminism and literature. This decade witnessed the emergence of a new generation of women writers, as well as of a new generation of feminist activists. Michèle A. Schaal’s >Une troisième vague littéraire et féministe is the first study of its kind to establish a connection between both. Through an interdisciplinary approach—feminist, cultural, and literary—Schaal demonstrates how these young feminists and writers approached, in similar manners, the identity and sexuality-related debates that occurred during this decade, namely via an analysis of four novels: Truismes by Marie Darrieussecq (1996), Les Jolies Choses by Virginie Despentes (1998), Viande by Claire Legendre (1999) and Garçon manqué by Nina Bouraoui (2000).