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The androgyne in early modern France : contextualizing the power of gender / Marian Rothstein.

Author/Creator:
Rothstein, Marian, 1944-
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Format/Description:
Book
viii, 256 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Subjects:
French literature -- 16th century -- History and criticism.
French literature -- 17th century -- History and criticism.
Androgyny (Psychology) in literature.
Androgyny (Psychology) -- History.
France -- Civilization -- 1328-1600.
France -- Civilization -- 17th century.
Renaissance -- France.
Androgyny (Psychology)
Androgyny (Psychology) in literature.
Civilization
French literature.
Renaissance.
France.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
History.
Summary:
In the Renaissance, the androygyne--based on sources in the book of Genesis and Plato's Symposium--was a means of expressing the full potential of humans made in the image of God. Discussing the androygyne within the context of the visual, literary, and political, specifically, Rothstein documents the wide-ranging uses of the androgyne in the thought of poets, philosophers, courtiers, and women in positions of political power and its ultimate connection to gender construction during the European Renaissance. As the book moves from examining the sources of the androgyne to increasingly contextualized instances of their use, Rothstein highlights specific manifestations of the androgyne as a powerful yet enigmatic literary metaphor and an instrument of action in the world. -- Back cover.
Contents:
The sources of the androgyne
On functional gender
Picturing the androgyne
Literary manifestations of the androgyne
On famous women and the androgyne
The political androgyne
Part I: Anne de Bretagne (1477-1514) and her four marriages
Part II: Marguerite de Navarre (1492-1549), the King's Lieutenant
Part III: Catherine de Médicis (1519-1589), Queen Mother and widowed Queen
Part IV: Jeanne d'Albret (1528-1572), Prince of Navarre
By way of conclusion.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781137541369
1137541369
OCLC:
908554198
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