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The Dynamics of Gender in Early Modern France: Women Writ, Women Writing

The Dynamics of Gender in Early Modern France: Women Writ, Women Writing (Hardback)

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In its six case studies, The Dynamics of Gender in Early Modern France works out a model for (early modern) gender, which is articulated in the introduction. The book comprises essays on the construction of women: three in texts by male and three by female writers, including Racine, Fenelon, Poulain de la Barre, in the first part; La Guette, La Fayette and Sevigne, in the second. These studies thus also take up different genres: satire, tragedy and treatise; memoir, novella and letter-writing. Since gender is a relational construct, each chapter considers as well specific textual and contextual representations of men. In every instance, Stanton looks for signs of conformity to-and deviations from-normative gender scripts. The Dynamics of Gender adds a new dimension to early modern French literary and cultural studies: it incorporates a dynamic (shifting) theory of gender, and it engages both contemporary critical theory and literary historical readings of primary texts and established concepts in the field. This book emphasizes the central importance of historical context and close reading from a feminist perspective, which it also interrogates as a practice.

The Afterword examines some of the meanings of reading-as-a-feminist.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary theoryLGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 15/10/2014 ISBN-13: 9781472442017  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Domna C. Stanton, Distinguished Professor of French at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, is the author of books and essays on early-modern French studies, women's writing and feminist theory, and the practices of Human Rights. She is past President of the Modern Language Association, former editor of PMLA, and currently serves on a number of non-profit boards.

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