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Tender Geographies : Women and the Origins of the Novel in France - Joan DeJean

Tender Geographies

Women and the Origins of the Novel in France

Hardcover Published: 18th November 1991
ISBN: 9780231062305
Number Of Pages: 297
For Ages: 22+ years old

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"Tender Geographies" offers a new version of literary history by arguing that French women writers were the originators of the modern novel. Joan DeJean exposes the gender politics of canon formation in France.

During what is considered the Great Century of French Letters (1630-1715), women writers were active in numbers unheard of before or since. Featuring the best known early women novelists--ScudA(c)ry and Lafayette-- "Tender Geographies" repositions literary women in their contemporary context. DeJean demonstrates that women's writing was widely thought to convey a politically and socially subversive vision. Originally considered a threat to Church and State, women's novels were deliberately represented as innocent love stories by the first official literary historians and subsequently consigned to oblivion. DeJean demonstrates that the novel owes its origins to a thoroughly political act; the decision by women to make the genre a revolutionary force.

ISBN: 9780231062305
ISBN-10: 0231062303
Series: Culture & Gender
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 297
Published: 18th November 1991
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59

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