116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Married Female Characters of French Women Authors

Session Chair: 
Francis Mathieu, Southwestern University
Session 9: Sunday 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Miller Hall 112


  1. Cynthia Jones, Weber State University
    Raoule de Venerande, in a Pygmalion-like attempt, seeks to fashion the perfect lover through an exchange of gender and the respective roles that it carries. 
  2. Edwina Christie, Institute of English Studies School of Advanced Study University of London
    This paper argues that in seventeenth-century French romance fiction, the married heroine serves as a representative ethical subject through which authors explore the ethical problems of trust and suspicion. The paper will compare married heroines in two seventeenth-century romances: Madeleine de Scudéry’s Artamène (1649-53) and Madame de LaFayette’s La Princesse de Clèves (1678).
  3. Jennifer R. Perlmutter, Portland State University
    At the outset of this pseudo-autobiographical novel, the heroine of Mme de Villedieu’s Mémoires announces “je ne suis pas une personne qui ait de communes destinées” (44). This paper will show how, for this enterprising protagonist, marriage is simply another convention to flaunt although she engages in two interested unions of her own.
Session Cancelled: