Going Public: Women and Publishing in Early Modern France

Going Public: Women and Publishing in Early Modern France

by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith, Dena Goodman
     
 

ISBN-10: 080142951X

ISBN-13: 9780801429514

Pub. Date: 12/28/1995

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Exploring the ways in which French women went public through publication, this book shows how they contributed to the formation of the public sphere in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Going Public also takes the critical literature on the woman writer to a new level by examining the implications of print publicity. The contributors investigate the…  See more details below

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Exploring the ways in which French women went public through publication, this book shows how they contributed to the formation of the public sphere in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Going Public also takes the critical literature on the woman writer to a new level by examining the implications of print publicity. The contributors investigate the intersection of gender and publicity in a wide range of printed texts, from memoirs and legal briefs to novels, poems, and fairy tales. In doing so they reveal much about why individual women drawn from the whole spectrum of society embraced the medium of print and about the impact this form of publicity had on their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801429514
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1995
Series:
Reading Women Writing Series
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1"Reason for the Public to Admire Her": Why Madame de La Guette Published Her Memoirs13
2Publishing the Lives of Hortense and Marie Mancini31
3Parisian Guildswomen and the (Sexual) Politics of Privilege: Defending Their Patrimonies in Print46
4Victorious Victims: Women and Publicity in Memoires Judiciaires62
5Books and the Birthing Business: The Midwife Manuals of Madame du Coudray79
6Women's Letters in the Public Sphere99
7The (Literary) World at War, or, What Can Happen When Women Go Public116
8Les Fees Modernes: Women, Fairy Tales, and the Literary Field in Late Seventeenth-Century France129
9The Voices of Shadows: Lafayette's Zaide146
10Making Sex Public: Felicite de Choiseul-Meuse and the Lewd Novel161
11The Salon Woman Goes Public ... or Does She?179
12Publishing without Perishing: Isabelle de Charriere, a.k.a. la mouche du coche194
13Suzanne Necker's Melanges: Gender, Writing, and Publicity210
14Law of Nature/Rights of Genius: The Drame of Constance de Salm224
Contributors243
Index247

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