By Marianne Legault

analyzing literary discourses on girl friendship and intimacy in seventeenth-century France, this research takes as its premise the view that, in contrast to males, girls were denied for hundreds of years the potential for comparable intercourse friendship. the writer explores the impact of this homosocial and homopriviledged historical past at the deployment and structures of woman friendship and homoerotic relationships as thematic narratives in works by way of female and male writers in seventeenth-century France. The ebook comprises 3 components: the 1st surveys the historical past of male thinkers' denial of girl friendship, concluding with a synopsis of the cultural representations of woman same-sex practices. the second one analyzes girl intimacy and homoerotism as imagined, appropriated and eventually repudiated through Honoré d'Urfé's pastoral novel, L'Astrée, and Isaac de Benserade's probably lesbian-friendly comedy, Iphis et Iante. The 3rd turns to extraordinary depictions of lady intimate and homoerotic bonds in Madeleine de Scudéry's novel Mathilde and Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de l. a. Force's fairy story Plus Belle que Fée. This examine finds a feminine literary family tree of intimacies among ladies in seventeenth-century France, and provides to the study in lesbian and queer stories, fields within which pre-eighteenth-century French literary texts are rare.

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