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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Event Archive

Forgotten Voices: Reconstructing Female Friendships in Renaissance France

14th February 2017, 18:00, World Heritage Site Visitors Centre, Jess Allen, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

This event is free to attend and open to all. The seminar will begin at 6pm, with tea and biscuits from 5.40pm.

Focusing on the works of Madeline and Catherine des Roches and Marie de Gournay, this paper will argue that their gender and socio-economic circumstances determined the reception of their works both during their life and after their death. It will demonstrate that focusing on how they have been perceived by both their male contemporaries and subsequent scholarship leads to a narrow reading of their works; parts of their work can in fact be read as theoretical texts in their own right which enables us to judge their success as women and as friends according to how they would have judged this themselves.

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