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Description - Marie Antoinette by Dena Goodman

Marie Antoinette is one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in all of French history. Married to the heir to the French throne at the age of fourteen, Marie reigned as queen during the tumultuous years of the revolution. These years saw fierce attacks on the monarchy and its eventual overthrowal, as well as a development in new forms of print media and the growth of a rapacious reading public hungry for political scandal. Into this social, political, and cultural maelstrom Marie was thrust. Marie Antoinette: Writings on the Body of a Queen explores the many struggles by various individuals and groups to fix Marie's identity and links these struggles to larger destabilizations in social, political, and gender systems in pre-Revolutionary and Revolutionary France. Looking at how Marie was represented in politics, art, literature, and journalism, the contributors to this volume reveal how crucial political and cultural contests were enacted 'on the body of the queen' and on the complex identity of Marie - as queen, woman, wife, mother, foreigner, individual, family member, and representative of a monarchy and social system identified as the 'Old Regime.' Taken together, the essays herein collected suggest that it is precisely because she came to represent the contradictions in the social, political, and gender systems of her era that Marie has remained such an important historical figure.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415933940
ISBN-10: 0415933943
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 300
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Dena Goodman

Dena Goodman is Professor of History and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. Her publications include The Republic of Letters: A Cultural History of the French Enlightenment (1994) and Going Public: Women and Publishing in Early Modern France, which she co-edited (1995).

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