By Dr Legault Marianne
Examining literary discourses on girl friendship and intimacy in seventeenth-century France, this examine takes as its premise the view that, not like males, ladies were denied for hundreds of years the potential for comparable intercourse friendship. the writer explores the influence of this homosocial and homopriviledged background at the deployment and buildings of lady friendship and homoerotic relationships as thematic narratives in works by means of female and male writers in seventeenth-century France.
The e-book contains 3 components: the 1st surveys the historical past of male thinkers' denial of girl friendship, concluding with a synopsis of the cultural representations of girl same-sex practices. the second one analyzes lady intimacy and homoerotism as imagined, appropriated and at last repudiated by means of Honoré d'Urfé's pastoral novel, L'Astrée, and Isaac de Benserade's probably lesbian-friendly comedy, Iphis et Iante. The 3rd turns to unparalleled depictions of lady intimate and homoerotic bonds in Madeleine de Scudéry's novel Mathilde and Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de los angeles Force's fairy story Plus Belle que Fée.
This examine finds a feminine literary family tree of intimacies among ladies in seventeenth-century France, and provides to the study in lesbian and queer experiences, fields during which pre-eighteenth-century French literary texts are rare.
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