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The Place of Exile: Leisure Literature and the Limits of Absolutism

The Place of Exile: Leisure Literature and the Limits of Absolutism (Hardback)

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At once political institution, lived experience, and discursive figure, exile defined Louis XIV's absolutist France. "The Place of Exile" connects the movements of both people and books through and around this absolutist territory in order to understand the deliberate construction of real and imagined marginal cultures. Four case studies of everyday, sociable writing called leisure literature guide us through an ever-widening territory of disaffection and alienation, from the center of absolutism at Louis XIV's first court to Europe's international communities of refugees. Those least likely to be considered political writers - banished noble women, novel writers, poor refugees - used literature to consider the viability of a world beyond authority's reach. More importantly, leisure literature confronted one of the major paradoxes of the grand siecle: the shifting possibilities for self hood available in a society increasingly defined by radical divisions, whether beyond exile and grace, inside and out, interiority and exteriority. Juliette Cherbuliez is Assistant Professor of French at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800 Publisher: Associated University Presses Publication Date: 01/12/2005 ISBN-13: 9780838756034  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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