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The Enlightenment of age

Subtitle:
women, letters and growing old in eighteenth-century France
Abstract:

‘Women seem to be destined solely for our pleasure. When they no longer have that attraction, they have lost everything’ (letter from Diderot to Sophie Volland, 1762). How typical was this view of the ‘older woman’ in the eighteenth century? What was it like for women of intelligence and sensibility to grow old in such a culture?
By studying the correspondences of four prominent women (Françoise de Graffigny, Marie Du Deffand, Marie Riccoboni and Isabelle de Charrière) during their... Expand abstract
Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Joan Hinde Stewart More by this author
Publisher:
Voltaire Foundation Publisher's website
Publication date:
2017-11-30
Local pid:
VF1:463
Language:
English
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Text

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