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Ruling Women : Government, Virtue, and the Female Prince in Seventeenth-century France (Vol 1)

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This book, the first of two volumes, is the first study of its kind devoted to an analysis of the debate concerning government by women in seventeenth-century France. Drawing on a wide range of political and feminist texts, it sets out to demonstrate that the dominant discourse which upholds patriarchy at the time is frequently in conflict with alternative discourses which frame gynæcocracy as a feasible, and laudable reality, and which reconfigure (wittingly or unwittingly) the normative paradigm of male authority. Central to the argument is an analysis of how the discourse which constructs government as a male prerogative quite simply implodes when juxtaposed with the traditional political discourse of virtue ethics. The study draws on the existing work concerning queenship but innovates in its focus on the literary, feminist, and philosophical representations of female governance in France.

Number of Pages: 2.0
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: History, Women
Series Title: Queenship and Power
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Textstream
volume number: 1.0
Author: Derval Conroy
Language: English
Street Date: November 17, 2015
TCIN: 50244265
UPC: 9781137567970
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-6237

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