The Correspondence of La Grande Mademoiselle
In the daring letters presented in this bilingual edition, Montpensier condemns the alliance system of marriage, proposing instead to found a republic that she would govern, "a corner of the world in which . . . women are their own mistresses," and where marriage and even courtship would be outlawed. Her pastoral utopia would provide medical care and vocational training for the poor, and all the homes would have libraries and studies, so that each woman would have a "room of her own" in which to write books.
Joan DeJean's lively introduction and accessible translation of Montpensier's letters—four previously unpublished—allow us unprecedented access to the courageous voice of this extraordinary woman.
Society for Study of Early Modern Women: EMW-Josephine A. Roberts Edition Award
Society for the Study of Early Modern Women: Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
“Joan DeJean’s introduction skillfully situates the texts within the struggles of Montpensier’s own life without ever allowing the two to become confused or conflated.”
Introduction: La Grande Mademoiselle
Volume Editor's Bibliography
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