French Dressing: Women, Men, and Ancient Regime Fiction

French Dressing: Women, Men, and Ancient Regime Fiction

by Nancy K. Miller


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French Dressing: Women, Men, and Ancient Regime Fiction by Nancy K. Miller

French Dressing looks at the ancien régime's scenarios of libertine seduction—unsafe sex and its consequences for women's lives. It places the gender performances of male and female-authored novels in dialogue in order to recover the complexity of a century obsessed, as we are today, with writing and living plots of desire. French Dressing exposes the erotic anxieties behind a national culture of sexual self-display—French undressing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415903226
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/01/1995
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Nancy K. Miller is Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of Getting Personal: Feminist Occasions and Other Autobiographical Acts, also published by Routledge.

Table of Contents

I Reading in Pairs: 1. Repairing the Tradition; II Men's Reading, Women's Writing: 2. Rereading as a Woman: The Body in Practice; 3. Men's Reading, Women's Writing: Gender and the Rise of the Novel; 4. Cultural Memory and the Art of the Novel: Gender and Narrative

in Eighteenth-Century France; 5. 1735: The Gender of the Memoir-Novel; III "I's" in Drag: 6. "I's" in Drag: The Sex of Recollection; 7. L'Histoire d'une Grecque moderne: No-Win Hermeneutics; 8. Justine, Or, the Vicious Circle; 9. Juliette and the Posterity of

Prosperity; IV Exquisite Cadavers: 10. The Exquisite Cadavers: Women in Eighteenth-Century Fiction; 11. Tender Economies: Mme De Villedieu and the Costs of Indifference; 12. "Tristes Triangles": Le Lys dans la vallee and Its Intertext; 13. Novels of Innocence: Fictions of


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