"Moi les hommes, je les déteste": Misandry as a literary discourse. 01/11/2022 - 31/10/2024


In recent years, the notion of misandry as a liberating defence mechanism against systemic misogyny has become the subject of debate, particularly in French media, following the publication of Pauline Harmange's 2020 pamphlet "Moi les hommes, je les déteste". The portrayal of feminists as man-haters is an anti-feminist stigma, claimed as a discursive strategy by certain feminists such as Harmange. This project aims to provide deeper insights into the controversy surrounding the topic of misandry by examining if, where and in what forms misandrist literary discourse is expressed in the works of French women writers who are associated with feminist movements in the second half of the twentieth century. Relying on the discipline of Critical Discourse Analysis, my research approaches misandrist expressions in literature as a discourse and, more specifically, as a form of gendered hate speech targeted against a structurally dominant group. With my research outcomes, I intend to raise awareness on the subject of misandry as a discursive strategy and demonstrate what implications and possibilities this literary discourse can have for feminist movements.


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