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Description - Daughters of Eve by Lenard R. Berlanstein

Famous and seductive, female stage performers haunted French public life in the century before and after the Revolution. This study delineates the distinctive place of actresses, dancers, and singers within the French erotic and political imaginations. From the moment they became an unofficial caste of mistresses to France's elite during the reign of Louis XIV, their image fluctuated between emasculating men and delighting them. Drawing upon newspaper accounts, society columns, theatre criticism, government reports, autobiographies, public rituals, and a huge corpus of fiction, Lenard Berlanstein argues that the public image of actresses was shaped by the political climate and ruling ideology; thus they were deified in one era and damned in the next. Tolerated when civil society functioned and demonized when it faltered, they finally passed from notoriety to celebrity with the stabilization of parliamentary life after 1880. Only then could female fans admire them openly, and could the state officially recognize their contributions to national life. "Daughters of Eve" aims to present a provocative look at how a culture creates social perceptions and reshuffles collective identities in response to political change.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674005969
ISBN-10: 0674005961
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x 30mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 3-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lenard R. Berlanstein

Lenard R. Berlanstein is Professor of History at the University of Virginia.