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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