Unpicking female exemplarity; or, the usefulness of body stories: reassessing female communal identity in two early modern French texts
Hampton, Cathy. (2007) Unpicking female exemplarity; or, the usefulness of body stories: reassessing female communal identity in two early modern French texts. Modern Language Review, Vol.102 (No.2). pp. 381-396. ISSN 0026-7937Full text not available from this repository.
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This article examines notions of exemplary conduct in two early modern female-authored French texts dealing with reproductive illness and addressing empathetic female reading communities. Abstract exemplary qualities of heroic purity and truth-telling are celebrated in association with the chastity ideal, but also interrogated in personal narratorial testimonies willingly revealing the everyday physical constraints that hamper their dissemination and practice. Women are called to recognize their limited cognitive certainties in relation to their bodies and thus the difficulties of marrying real-life experience with these virtues. Honest storytelling allows the communities to establish a collective (feminist?) response to this impasse.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > French Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Modern Language Review|
|Number of Pages:||17|
|Page Range:||pp. 381-396|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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