Tag Archives: Feminism

1 step closer to a thesis – Lyra

justice         I spent the past two weeks reading over my old blog posts and trying to select the most notable ideas from which I could develop a thesis for my paper. I had trouble discerning any major ideas at first, because I found that there were no absolute statements that I could make about Madame D’Aulnoy’s writing. Continue reading

Light Week – by Lyra

Due to an upcoming a dance concert and several major projects, my research is going to be rather light this week. Instead of doing in –depth research on a new topic, I will be revisiting my past blog posts in order to determine what the most prominent themes are among the things I have been studying. Certain themes that have already stood out to me include the fairy as a symbol of female power and wisdom, the blurring of gender roles, and the relationship between nature and culture as it relates to mondain women. Continue reading

The Good, the Bad, and the Querelle des Femmes – by Lyra

goodevil When Madame D’Aulnoy and her contemporaries began composing fairytales, the discussion of femininity and women’s behavior was ubiquitous in France and Greater Europe. The fin du siècle was marked by an effort to define “the woman” and her place in society. Known as the “grand renfermement,” this period saw the rise of moralist writings such as Satire X concerning the education as well as the public and domestic responsibilities of the female gender. Many writers exalted motherhood, claiming that a woman’s domestic duties were ordained by God, while rebuking the worldly mondain woman. As became increasingly active in intellectual spheres, scrutiny on their morals and duties intensified. Continue reading

Dudes in Distress: The Weakening of the Patriarch

iceking I have spent the last few weeks looking at the female characters in Madame d’Aulnoy’s fairytales. This week, I have been examining her treatment of the male characters, nearly all of whom take on roles traditionally associated with male power (kings, princes, fathers, husbands, suitors, etc…). These figures are ubiquitous in folklore and often appear as the wise old king or the classic Prince Charming, but the men of the 17th century conte des fées are much more complex. Continue reading