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De la représentation au mythe : l'ambiguïté féminine dans le roman libertin du XVIIIe siècle

Abstract : Over the last few years university criticism has taken a greater interest in the libertine novel. Yet, looked at from the point of view of woman and feminine, taking into account a large set of works – from French Regency to the first years of the nineteenth century – provides a new vision of both the libertine novel and the feminine question. The purpose of this thesis is therefore to envisage these two poles of understanding of Enlightenment thought and imaginary in their so rich but too little revealed until now mutual interaction. The libertine novel provides indeed its own answer to a question that obsessed the century in which it was born and evolved: the woman. The imageries, myths and fantasies revolving around feminine and femininity are also the origin of the basic feminine ambiguity in these texts. They are actually asserting themselves in both their intentions to liberate and their temptations to normalize. A thorough analysis of mastery and its stakes that are in the heart of relations between the two sexes and therefore the opposition masculine/feminine point out that this ambiguity, always wavering between liberation and subjection, is to interpret as a dynamic likely to construct a fantastical staging of woman and feminine.
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Morgane Guillemet. De la représentation au mythe : l'ambiguïté féminine dans le roman libertin du XVIIIe siècle. Littératures. Université Rennes 2; Université européenne de Bretagne, 2009. Français. ⟨tel-00447426⟩



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