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Feminism, absolutism, and Jansenism [electronic resource] : Louis XIV and the Port Royal nuns / Daniella Kostroun.

Author/Creator:
Kostroun, Daniella J., 1970-
Publication:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (290 p.)
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Subjects:
Cistercian nuns -- France -- History -- 17th century.
Jansenists -- France -- History -- 17th century.
Patriarchy -- France -- History -- 17th century.
Feminism -- France -- History -- 17th century.
Despotism -- France -- History -- 17th century.
Religious absolutism -- France -- History -- 17th century.
France -- Politics and government -- 1643-1715.
France -- Religion -- 17th century.
Port-Royal des Champs (Abbey) -- History -- 17th century.
Louis XIV, King of France, 1638-1715 -- Political and social views.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
"Feminism, absolutism, and Jansenism chronicles seventy years of Jansenist conflict and its complex intersection with power struggles between gallican bishops, Parlementaires, the Crown, and the pope. Daniella Kostroun focuses on the nuns of Port-Royal-des-Champs, whose community was disbanded by Louis XIV in 1709 as a threat to the state. Paradoxically, it was the nuns' adherence to their strict religious rule and the ideal of pious, innocent, and politically disinterested behavior that allowed them to challenge absolutism effectively. Adopting methods from cultural studies, feminism, and the Cambridge school of political thought, Kostroun examines how these nuns placed gender at the heart of the Jansenist challenge to the patriarchal and religious foundations of absolutism; they responded to royal persecution with a feminist defense of women's spiritual and rational equality and of the autonomy of the individual subject, thereby offering a bold challenge to the patriarchal and religious foundations of absolutism"--Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Jansenism as a "woman problem"
Controversy and reform at Port Royal
Jansenism's political turn, 1652-1661
The limits to obedience, 1661-1664
A feminist response to absolutism, 1664-1669
The unsettled peace, 1669-1679
A royal victory, 1679-1709.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
1-139-03605-X
1-107-21983-3
1-283-12716-4
9786613127167
1-139-04151-7
0-511-97645-3
1-139-03837-0
1-139-04228-9
1-139-04491-5
1-139-04074-X
OCLC:
729166462