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Fictions of pleasure : the putain memoirs of prerevolutionary France

Title
Fictions of pleasure : the putain memoirs of prerevolutionary France / Alistaire Tallent.
ISBN
9781644533239
1644533235
9781644533246
1644533243
9781644533253
9781644533260
Publication
Newark : University of Delaware Press, [2024]
Physical Description
ix, 215 pages ; 23 cm.
Summary
"Out of the libertine literary tradition of eighteenth-century France emerged over a dozen memoir novels of female libertines who eagerly take up sex work as a means of escape from the patriarchal control of fathers and husbands to pursue pleasure, wealth, and personal independence outside the private, domestic sphere. In these anonymously published novels, the heroines proudly declare themselves prostitutes, or putains, and use the desire they arouse, the professional skills they develop, and the network of female friends they create to exploit, humiliate, and financially ruin wealthy and powerful men. In pursuing their desires, the putains challenge contemporary notions of womanhood and expose the injustices of ancien-régime France. Until the French Revolution spelled the end of the genre, these novels proposed not only an appealing libertine utopia in which libertine women enjoy the same benefits as their male counterparts, but also entirely new ways of looking at systems of power, gender, and sexuality"-- Provided by publisher.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
February 16, 2024
Series
Early modern feminisms.
Early modern feminisms
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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