Accueil / Actualités et liens utiles / Parutions / Mademoiselle de Montpensier : Writings, (...)

Mademoiselle de Montpensier : Writings, Châteaux, and Female Self-Construction in Early Modern France

Sophie Marinez

Sophie Maríñez, Mademoiselle de Montpensier : Writings, Châteaux, and Female Self-Construction in Early Modern France, Brill/Rodopi, 2017, ISBN 9789004337206.

Mademoiselle de Montpensier : Writings, Châteaux, and Female Self-Construction in Early Modern France examines questions of self-construction in the works of Anne-Marie-Louise d’Orléans, Duchesse de Montpensier (1627-1693), the wealthiest unmarried woman in Europe at the time, a pro-women advocate, author of memoirs, letters and novels, and the commissioner of four châteaux and other buildings throughout France, including Saint-Fargeau, Champigny-sur-Veude, Eu, and Choisy-le-roi. An NEH-funded project, this study explores the interplay between writing and the symbolic import of châteaux to examine Montpensier’s strategies to establish herself as a woman with autonomy and power in early modern France.

Sophie Maríñez, Ph.D. (2010), The Graduate Center, City University of New York, is Associate Professor of French and Spanish at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York.