The Writings of Madame de Lafayette
Madame de Lafayette
Gender and sexuality
Research Monographs in French Studies 1
Legenda: Oxford, 1996
This lucid study of the works of Madame de Lafayette explores the ambiguities and tensions discernible in her writing. Anne Green shows Madame de Lafayette working out conflicting attitudes to her status as woman and author, and, by tracing the patterns of reticence and self-revelation, and the problems of communication between the sexes which run through all Madame de Lafayette’s writing, she arrives at a pursuasive new evaluation of her work. This book will be of particular interest to students of gender studies, as well as to seventeenth-century specialists.
Anne Green lectures in the French Department of King’s College, University of London. She has published widely on the French novel, and is the author of Flaubert and the Historical Novel: Salammbô Reassessed (Cambridge University Press, 1982).