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Traveller, Pedagogue And Cultural Mediator: Marie-Elisabeth De La Fite And Her Female Context

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Well-known eighteenth-century women educators such as Françoise de Maintenon, Anne-Thérèse de Lambert, Jeanne Leprince de Beaumont, and Stéphanie-Félicité de Genlis, who exerted their influence throughout Europe, were far from being the only ones. This chapter focuses on Marie-Elisabeth de La Fite, a late eighteenth century author who resided during a period of her life in the Dutch Republic. She was part of the Huguenot diaspora, participated in the Enlightenment spread of educational ideas, and constitutes an interesting case of a 'modern' woman author. The author will situate her in particular in her female context, using different kinds of sources and focusing on her relations with some other women who acted as predecessors, readers, daughter or colleagues. This chapter explains Marie-Elisabeth de La Fite's relations with Jeanne Leprince de Beaumont by taking a look at one of the former's works: Entretiens, drames et contes moraux, destinés à l'éducation de la jeunesse.

Keywords: Dutch; Huguenot diaspora; Jeanne Leprince de Beaumont; Marie-Elisabeth de La Fite



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