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Questions about the work and life of French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873 – 1954), more commonly known mononymously as Colette. Use this tag with the tag [french-literature].

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Why is the eponymous Chéri exoticized in colonialist terms?

TW: Quotations from the original and the translation include racially insensitive terms. In Colette's Chéri, shortly after the ageing courtesan Léa has taken the eponymous teenager as a lover, she is ...
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What is going on with Edmée's marriage settlement?

In Colette's Chéri, I do not understand what is going on with the marriage settlement. The eponymous hero reports to his lover, Léa, that his fianceé's mother, Marie-Laure, had wanted Chéri and her ...
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Was the main character in Gigi based on a real-life person?

Gigi, the female protagonist of Colette's novella Gigi (1944), is full of character. Independent and mischievous, and a little tomboyish, she leaves a lasting impression on the reader. I am wondering ...