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French Women Writers And Heroic Genres

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In the early modern period intellectual women in France, especially those belonging to the salons, came to view themselves as full-fledged participants in the cultural life of their country. While they were painfully aware of the prejudices against femmes savantes, and women writers in particular, there was during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries an increase in the number of women who produced and published literary texts. These writers saw a dual role for themselves, as spokespersons for their sex during the querelle des femmes and as proud and capable members of a distinguished and ongoing cultural tradition. This embrace of the overall cultural milieu explains a fascinating, if largely overlooked phenomenon, namely, their willingness to cultivate not only novels but also the literary forms that were deemed the most prestigious and most erudite by the male establishment, verse epic and tragedy, to which the author adds the tragic opera libretto.

Keywords: French women writers; opera libretto



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