Queenship and Power

Ruling Women, Volume 1

Government, Virtue, and the Female Prince in Seventeenth-Century France

Authors: Conroy, Derval

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Ruling Women 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, feminist and dramatic texts, Conroy 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. In Government, Virtue, and the Female Prince in Seventeenth-Century France, the first volume of the two-volume study, the author examines the dominant discourse which excludes women from political authority before turning to the configuration of women and rulership in the pro-woman and egalitarian discourses of the period. Highly readable and engaging, Conroy’s work will appeal to those interested in the history of women in political thought and the history of feminism, in addition to scholars of seventeenth-century literature and history of ideas.

About the authors

Derval Conroy is Lecturer at the School of Languages and Literatures at University College Dublin, Ireland.   

Reviews

'Ruling Women offers a comprehensive account of early modern debates in favor of and in opposition to gynæcocracy, illuminatingly connecting them with more general discussions of princely virtue. With impressive scholarship […] it enriches our understanding of seventeenth-century debates and brings into focus important connections between the concepts of authority, power, and virtue, making an important addition to scholarly understanding of the history of gender equality.'-Karen Green, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, Australia
'In this fascinating and original study, Conroy investigates the intellectual history of the exclusion of women from the French throne. She brilliantly shows how seventeenth-century feminist authors exposed the contradictions of their opponents and demonstrated that the intellectual and moral virtues required for governing were "of both sexes". A must-read for everyone interested in the politics of gender.'-Siep Stuurman, Professor Emeritus of the History of Ideas, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
 

Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Conroy, Derval

    Pages 1-14

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  • The Dynamics of Exclusion: “Salic Law” and Constructions of Masculine Monarchy

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    Pages 15-44

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  • Government by Women in Early Modern “Galleries” of Women

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    Pages 45-81

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  • Engendering Equality: Gynæcocracy in Gournay, Poulain de la Barre, and Suchon

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    Pages 83-118

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ruling Women, Volume 1
Book Subtitle
Government, Virtue, and the Female Prince in Seventeenth-Century France
Authors
Series Title
Queenship and Power
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56849-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137568496
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56797-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-57165-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 229
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