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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: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2007
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:29


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