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Promenade au pays de la vieillesse: Re-viewing Literary and Cinematic Representations of Ageing in Simone de Beauvoir

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Promenade au pays de la vieillesse : Re-viewing Literary and Cinematic Representations of Ageing in Simone de Beauvoir. / McIlvanney, Siobhan.

In: Journal of Romance Studies, Vol. 17, No. 3, 12.2017, p. 275-92.

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McIlvanney, S 2017, 'Promenade au pays de la vieillesse: Re-viewing Literary and Cinematic Representations of Ageing in Simone de Beauvoir', Journal of Romance Studies, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 275-92. https://doi.org/10.3828/jrs.2017.22

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McIlvanney, S. (2017). Promenade au pays de la vieillesse: Re-viewing Literary and Cinematic Representations of Ageing in Simone de Beauvoir. Journal of Romance Studies, 17(3), 275-92. https://doi.org/10.3828/jrs.2017.22

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McIlvanney S. Promenade au pays de la vieillesse: Re-viewing Literary and Cinematic Representations of Ageing in Simone de Beauvoir. Journal of Romance Studies. 2017 Dec;17(3):275-92. https://doi.org/10.3828/jrs.2017.22

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McIlvanney, Siobhan. / Promenade au pays de la vieillesse : Re-viewing Literary and Cinematic Representations of Ageing in Simone de Beauvoir. In: Journal of Romance Studies. 2017 ; Vol. 17, No. 3. pp. 275-92.

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