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Mme de Graffigny’s story

Howells, Robin (2004) Mme de Graffigny’s story. Modern Language Review 99 (1), pp. 32-44. ISSN 0026-7937.


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This article argues that Graffigny's "Lettres d'une Péruvienne" and "Cénie" tell essentially the same story, that of a woman sundered from her high estate and her betrothed. The pattern of interpersonal relations is present already in Graffigny's "Nouvelle espagnole" and "La Princesse Azerolle". Graffigny's correspondence shows that this is a mythical version of her own story. Crises in 1743–44 involving her lover, her confidant, and her niece immediately precede the creation of her principal works. Her discovery in 1743 of Garcilaso's "Histoire des Incas" is associated with ‘amitié’ and with ‘amour’.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Graffigny's Lettres d'une Péruvienne, Cénie, Nouvelle espagnole, La Princesse Azerolle, Graffigny's correspondence, Garcilaso's Histoire des Incas, amitié, amour
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2014 10:55

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