Claire Etcherelli

  • Elizabeth Fallaize
Part of the Women in Society book series (WOSO)


Claire Etcherelli is often identified as a writer with a strong political and feminist consciousness; her writing bears the mark both of her own roots in the working class and of her strong left-wing sympathies. Born in Bordeaux in 1943, she was brought up in the docks area where strikes and clashes with the police were a common occurrence, and led to her early politicisation. Her father, himself a docker, was deported and shot by the Germans during the Second World War. Brought up in her early years by her grandfather, who led an unconventional life as chieftain of a tribe of women and children, Claire’s education was completely neglected until at the age of 9 she was removed to a church boarding school; here, however, she was acutely aware of social differences between herself and her classmates. Although a star pupil, she left school at 17 without taking the baccalauréat examination, and married a trade unionist at 18.1


Production Line Secret Message Mash Potato French Woman Frequent Absence 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Claire Etcherelli bibliography

Works by Etcherelli

  1. Claire Etcherelli, Elise ou la vraie vie (Paris: Denoël, 1967); Elise or the Real Life trans. by June Wilson and Walter Ben Michaels (London: André Deutsch, 1970).Google Scholar
  2. Claire Etcherelli, A propos de Clémence (Paris: Denoël, 1971).Google Scholar
  3. Claire Etcherelli, Un arbre voyageur(Paris: Gallimard, 1978).Google Scholar
  4. Claire Etcherelli, Cent poèmes contre le racisme selected by Claire Etcherelli, Gilles Manceron, Bernard Wallon (Paris: Le Cherche Midi, 1985). Preface to Vlad, by Vitia Hesse! (Paris: Arléa, 1990).Google Scholar
  5. Claire Etcherelli, ‘Les carnets de bord d’une voyageuse’, Le Monde, 20 August 1982, p. 12.Google Scholar
  6. Claire Etcherelli, ‘Fêtes de village’, Les Temps Modernes, no. 471 (October 1985), pp. 549–56.Google Scholar

Books and articles on Etcherelli

  1. Atack, Margaret, ‘The politics of identity in Elise ou la vraie vie’, in Contemporary French Fiction by Women, ed. by Margaret Atack and Phil Powrie (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1990), pp. 56–70.Google Scholar
  2. Champroux, Charles, ‘La langue et le style des écrivains: Claire Etcherelli’, Les Lettres françaises, 17–20 August, 1968, pp. 14–15.Google Scholar
  3. Doumazane, Françoise, ‘De la production d’une oeuvre à sa réception: Elise ou la vraie vie de Claire Etcherelli’, Pratiques, no. 32 (1981), pp. 66–104.Google Scholar
  4. Giraud, Michèle and Françoise Plouquin, Elise ou la vraie vie de Claire Etcherelli (Paris: Bordas, 1976).Google Scholar
  5. Neiertz, Véronique, ‘Claire Etcherelli’, in Femmes et Travail (Paris: Editions Martinsart, 1981), vol. VI, pp. 147–169.Google Scholar
  6. Ophir, Anne, ‘Elise ou la vraie vie’, in Regards féminins (Paris: Denoël/Gonthier, 1976), pp. 153–235.Google Scholar
  7. Roach, John, ‘Introduction’, in Elise ou la vraie vie, ed. by John Roach, Methuen’s Twentieth Century Texts (London: Methuen, 1985).Google Scholar

Interviews and selected reviews of Etcherelli’s work

  1. Alliot, Bernard, ‘La petite musique pour matins blêmes de Claire Etcherelli’, Le Monde des livres, 16 June 1976.Google Scholar
  2. Autrand, Dominique, ‘Claire Etcherelli fidèle à elle-même’, La Quinzaine littéraire, 16–30 June 1978, pp. 5–6.Google Scholar
  3. Beauvoir, Simone de, ‘Ecoutez cette femme… Un entretien de Simone de Beauvoir avec Claire Etcherelli’, Le Nouvel Observateur, 15 November 1967, pp. 26–8.Google Scholar
  4. Bott, François, ‘A propos de Clémence de Claire Etcherelli’, Le Monde, 25 June 1971, pp. 13–14.Google Scholar
  5. Freustié, Jean, ‘La chaîne’, Le Nouvel Observateur, 11 September 1967, p. 34.Google Scholar
  6. Lanzmann, Claude, Elle, 16 November 1967, pp. 82–5.Google Scholar
  7. Lévy-Willard, Annette, ‘Les arbres voyageurs de Claire Etcherelli’, Libération, 15 June 1978, p. 16.Google Scholar
  8. Mallet, Francine, ‘Les Prix Fémina: Claire Etcherelli parle’, Le Monde, 29 November 1967.Google Scholar
  9. Manceron, Anne, ‘Vivre au féminin: Un arbre voyageur de Claire Etcherelli’, Le Matin, 7 June 1978, p. 27.Google Scholar
  10. Tournier, Françoise, ‘Onze ans après Elise’, Elle, 30 October 1978, pp. 57–9.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Elizabeth Fallaize 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth Fallaize

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations