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The Widow Who Would Be Queen : The Subversion of Patriarchal Monarchy in Rodogune and Andromache

Anne M. Menke

Menke, Anne M., "The Widow Who Would Be Queen : The Subversion of Patriarchal Monarchy in Rodogune and Andromache", dans Cahiers du XVIIe siècle, 1992, vol. VI, 2.

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The seventeenth century has long been seen as a privileged moment in the passage to modernity. Among the many transformations effected at that time, one can cite the shift from an agrarian to a market economy ; the epistemological break from analogy into Classical transparency ; the development of a noncontractual Absolutist state from a feudal shared monarchy ; and the emergence of a new organization of subjectivity and sexuality in and through the nuclear, patriarchal family. The violent religious and civil wars that took place in France testify to the resistance with which the imposition of this new order of things was met.

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