Images of women mentoring women in French literature 1650-1750 Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
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  • Headrick, Ashlee S.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
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  • This study considers the representation of ways in which female characters help one another in prose and plays written in France between 1650 and 1750. The concept of mentoring, an idea whose roots in western thought may be traced to ancient Greece, is applied to mother-daughter relationships as well as to friendships in an effort to explore how French literature of this period portrayed women negotiating the obstacles they faced during the Ancien Régime. Six primary texts were selected for their rich development of female characters' relationships in stories of young women coming of age. Included are novellas Célinte (1661) and Mathilde (1667) by Madeleine de Scudéry, plays La double inconstance (1723) and La mère confidente (1735) by Pierre de Marivaux, and Françoise de Graffigny's novel Lettres d'une Péruvienne (1747) and her play Cénie (1750).
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