French Dressing

Author: Nancy K. Miller
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415903226
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Novelists in pre-Revolutionary France were fascinated by what has come to be called compulsory heterosexuality', ritualized public performances of male/female relations as the ultimate human bond. Plots of seduction and betrayal glamourized by the Liasons Dangereuses demonstrate how complicated and treacherous these performances were. French Dressing scrutinizes the ancien regime's practices of unsafe sex, the scenarios of libertinage in which both sexes were equally stylish antagonists. It also shows that women paide unequally, sometimes fatally, for the power games of libertine experiments. In the works of male writers - Laclos and Sade, Duclos and Prost - the shape of narrative requires the staging of sexual conquest, rhetorical and literal undressing. The works of the women novelists who were their contemporaries - Tencin, Graffigny, Riccoboni, Charriere - also configure the social relations between the sexes but shift the emphasis to the aftermath of sexual plot: the emotional and physical consequences of a power-driven economy.

The Other Rise of the Novel in Eighteenth Century French Fiction

Author: Olivier Delers
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1611495822
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The Other Rise of the Novel relies on new research concerning the relevance of bourgeois values and ideals in the early modern period in France to question the extent to which characters in works of fiction portray the rise of individualistic and self-interested behavior.

The Longman Anthology of World Literature

Author: David Damrosch
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780321169808
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The Longman Anthology of World Literature, Volume Doffers a fresh and highly teachable presentation of the varieties of world literature from the 17th and 18th centuries.