A Feminist Analysis of Gender and Primogeniture in French Neoclassical Tragedy

A Feminist Analysis of Gender and Primogeniture in French Neoclassical Tragedy

The Literary Politics Behind the French Revolution

eBook - 2012
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In the tradition of Virginia Woolf's "In Search of a Room of One's Own," this study traces the origins of French feminism to Neoclassical theatre and the court of Louis XIV. Through feminist revisionist histories of French literature, the Neoclassical plots and female archetypes from Racine's Phedre and Andromache, Voltaire's Brutus (Catherine Bernard) and Marmontel's Belisarius (Stephanie Genlis) were transposed by women writers and patrons onto actresses and the queens, empresses and mistresses of the French ruling dynasties from Louis XIV- to Napoleon at a time when women were denied the ri.
Publisher: Lewiston : Edwin Mellen Press, 2012
ISBN: 9780773411449
0773411445
Characteristics: 1 online resource (338 pages) : illustrations

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