Feminism, Absolutism, and Jansenism Paperback

Louis XIV and the Port-Royal Nuns

by Daniella Kostroun

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Feminism, Absolutism, and Jansenism

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Feminism, Absolutism, and Jansenism chronicles seventy years of Jansenist conflict and its complex intersection with power struggles between gallican bishops, Parlementaires, the Crown and the Pope. Daniella Kostroun focuses on the nuns of Port-Royal-des-Champs, whose community was disbanded by Louis XIV in 1709 as a threat to the state. Paradoxically, it was the nuns' adherence to their strict religious rule and the ideal of pious, innocent and politically disinterested behavior that allowed them to challenge absolutism effectively. Adopting methods from cultural studies, feminism and the Cambridge School of political thought, Kostroun examines how these nuns placed gender at the heart of the Jansenist challenge to the patriarchal and religious foundations of absolutism; they responded to royal persecution with a feminist defense of women's spiritual and rational equality and of the autonomy of the individual subject, thereby offering a bold challenge to the patriarchal and religious foundations of absolutism.

Feminism, Absolutism, and Jansenism by Daniella Kostroun was published by Cambridge University Press in February 2014. The ISBN for Feminism, Absolutism, and Jansenism is 9781107674905.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (February 2014)
Number of Pages288
Thickness16 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4262206
Page last updated 16th February 2019
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