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Queenship and Power

Ruling Women, Volume 2

Configuring the Female Prince in Seventeenth-Century French Drama

Authors: Conroy, Derval

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Ruling Women is a two-volume study devoted to an analysis of the conflicting discourses concerning government by women in seventeenth-century France. In this second volume, Configuring the Female Prince in Seventeenth-Century French Drama, Conroy analyzes over 30 plays published between 1637 and 1691, examining the range of constructions of queenship that are thrown into relief. The analysis focuses on the ways in which certain texts strive to manage the cultural anxiety produced by female rule and facilitate the diminution of the uneasy cultural reality it represents, while others dramatize the exercise of political virtue by women, explode the myth of gender-differentiated sexual ethics, and suggest alternative constructions of gender relations to those upheld by the normative discourses of sexual difference. The approach is underpinned by an understanding of theatre as fundamentally political, a cultural institution implicated in the maintenance of, and challenge to, societal power relations. Innovative and stimulating, Conroy’s work will appeal to scholars of seventeenth-century drama and history of ideas, in addition to those interested in the history of women in political thought and the history of feminism.    

About the authors

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

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“In this innovative study, Derval Conroy documents and analyzes the political debate concerning female governance in seventeenth-century France. … Ruling Women, written in an engaging and accessible style, present scholars, teachers, and students alike with a formidable resource to explore representations of queenship in seventeenth-century France. With this work Conroy makes an invaluable contribution to the study of women and gender issues in early modern Europe.” (Kathleen M. Llewellyn, Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 70 (1), 2017)



'This study constitutes a giant step forward in the development of early modern sociocriticism, calling for a reappraisal of the relationship between gender and political thought, in the widest possible sense.  With sustained scholarly rigor and impartiality, Conroy offers a nuanced view of female rulers on stage, combining theoretical literature with drama.  Her work will revitalize the field in two directions, revising many long-held ideas on monarchy and enhancing further discoveries.'-James Gaines, Professor Emeritus of French, University of Mary Washington, USA
Praise for Ruling Women, Volume 1, Government, Virtue, and the Female Prince in Seventeenth-Century France:'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 (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Conroy, Derval

    Pages 1-4

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  • The Power and the Fury, or the Politics of Representation in Drama

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    Pages 5-65

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  • The Drama of Gender Struggle: Androgyny and Female Government

    Conroy, Derval

    Pages 67-91

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  • Dramatizing the Female Prince: Virtue, Statecraft, and Virginal Wives

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    Pages 93-130

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  • Conclusion

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    Pages 131-135

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Hardcover 88,39 €
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Softcover 88,39 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ruling Women, Volume 2
Book Subtitle
Configuring the Female Prince in Seventeenth-Century French Drama
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
978-1-137-56848-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137568489
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56842-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-57167-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 214
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