« Female », « Feminity », « Woman »: the condition of woman in Le Sermon sur la chute de Rome by Jérôme Ferrari Cover Image

« Féminin », « Féminité », « Femme »: la condition féminine dans Le Sermon sur la chute de Rome de Jérôme Ferrari
« Female », « Feminity », « Woman »: the condition of woman in Le Sermon sur la chute de Rome by Jérôme Ferrari

Author(s): Monica Hărşan
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Editura Universitatii Transilvania din Brasov
Keywords: cultural paradigm; phallocentrism; dominating pattern; sexual liberation

Summary/Abstract: The present article aims at analysing, in Jérôme Ferrari’s novel « Le sermon sur la chute de Rome » / ‘The Sermon about the Fall of Rome’, the feminine condition and its relationship to different cultural paradigms, throughout the 20th century. The novel follows the destiny of a Corsican family, along four generations; the individual trajectories, outlined on the sociohistorical background, reflect the successive roles played by women in different stages of society: “mother and housewife” (in pre-modern society); “individualist woman” (in the beginning of Modernity); “liberated woman” and “career woman” (during the mature Modernity).