By Dr Legault Marianne
Examining literary discourses on lady friendship and intimacy in seventeenth-century France, this research takes as its premise the view that, not like males, ladies were denied for hundreds of years the opportunity of similar intercourse friendship. the writer explores the impact of this homosocial and homopriviledged history at the deployment and structures of woman friendship and homoerotic relationships as thematic narratives in works by means of female and male writers in seventeenth-century France.
The ebook includes 3 components: the 1st surveys the historical past of male thinkers' denial of lady friendship, concluding with a synopsis of the cultural representations of woman same-sex practices. the second one analyzes lady intimacy and homoerotism as imagined, appropriated and eventually repudiated through Honoré d'Urfé's pastoral novel, L'Astrée, and Isaac de Benserade's possible lesbian-friendly comedy, Iphis et Iante. The 3rd turns to extraordinary depictions of lady intimate and homoerotic bonds in Madeleine de Scudéry's novel Mathilde and Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de l. a. Force's fairy story Plus Belle que Fée.
This research finds a feminine literary family tree of intimacies among girls in seventeenth-century France, and provides to the study in lesbian and queer reports, fields during which pre-eighteenth-century French literary texts are rare.
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Female Intimacies in Seventeenth-Century French Literature (Women and Gender in the Early Modern World) by Dr Legault Marianne