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Author Bostic, Heidi.

Title Fiction of Enlightenment : Women of Reason in the French Eightenth Century
Published Newark : University of Delaware Press, 2010
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Contents Contents; Acknowledgments; Enlightenment; Abbreviations; Introduction; Women, Enlightenment, and the Salic Law of Reason; Reason, Gender, and Masqueradein Françoise de Graffigny's "La Réunion du bon senset de l'esprit" and Phaza; Reason as Remedy: Marie Jeanne Riccoboni's L'Abeille, Histoire du marquis de Cressy, and Lettres de Mylord Rivers; Reading Reason:Isabelle de Charrière'sPortrait de Zélide, Élise ou l'université, and "Des Auteurs et des livres"; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary "This book argues that women authors of the French eighteenth century claimed reason and contributed to Enlightenment. It begins by framing the Enlightenment as fiction, in two senses: first, what passes under the name of Enlightenment in much current critical discourse is a fiction, or a caricatured construct; second, works of fiction can illuminate Enlightenment. The book offers fresh readings of texts by the three most prominent women among eighteenth-century writers in French: Francoise de Graffigny, Marie Jeanne Riccoboni, and Isabelle de Charriere, These authors challenged the widely held idea that women's reason was inferior to men's. Literary forms - novels, stories, plays, essays, and letters - allowed these authors to approach the question of reason in particularly nuanced ways. Faithful to the eighteenth century, this project is also relevant to the twenty-first."--Jacket
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-259) and index
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Subject Charrière, Isabelle de, 1740-1805 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Grafigny, Mme de (Françoise d'Issembourg d'Happoncourt), 1695-1758 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Riccoboni, Marie Jeanne de Heurles Laboras de Mezières, 1713-1792 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Enlightenment -- France.
French fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
French fiction -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Reason in literature.
Women and literature -- France -- History -- 18th century.
Women -- France -- Intellectual life -- 18th century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009020791
ISBN 9780874135107
OTHER TI ProQuest Ebook Central