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Women Writing Letters/Writing Letters As Women

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This dissertation explores female epistolarity in eighteenth-century France by considering how it was interpreted and portrayed by Francoise de Grafigny, Marie-Jeanne Riccoboni, and Isabelle de Charriere, all prolific letter writers whose fiction includes epistolary novels. Looking at both their personal correspondence and their epistolary fiction provides a more complete account of their use of letters and their representation of women engaged in letter writing. After situating these authors in relation to the ...
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This dissertation explores female epistolarity in eighteenth-century France by considering how it was interpreted and portrayed by Francoise de Grafigny, Marie-Jeanne Riccoboni, and Isabelle de Charriere, all prolific letter writers whose fiction includes epistolary novels. Looking at both their personal correspondence and their epistolary fiction provides a more complete account of their use of letters and their representation of women engaged in letter writing. After situating these authors in relation to the rise of "women's letters" as a distinct genre, the epistolary manuals popular at the time, and contemporary letter-novels by male authors Guilleragues, Rousseau, and Laclos, I employ stylistic and thematic analysis to consider each author's particular use of epistolarity in both personal letters and epistolary fiction. These authors' personal correspondences open new avenues for understanding their letter-novels as vehicles for the expression of their beliefs about women and the creative potential of letter writing. In literary terms, Chapter Two focuses on Mme de Grafigny's use of letters as a tool for self-discovery and -assertion in Lettres d'une Peruvienne, Chapter Three highlights the multiplicity of Mme de Riccoboni's epistolary voices in Lettres de Mistress Fanni Butlerd , and Chapter Four concentrates on Isabelle de Charriere's use of different personas in Lettres de Mistriss Henley. Examining these writers in parallel uncovers the complexity of female epistolarity in eighteenth-century France, demonstrating that its characteristic style was not only spontaneous and emotional but also deliberate, intentional, reasonable, and self-aware.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781243677037
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/7/2011
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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