Arms and the Woman: War, Gender, and Literary Representation

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rewrite the past to include women. She creates through fiction a historical space in which their fantasies of power can come true.


Notes
1.
It is difficult to fix a date for the beginning of this long civil conflict. The "Affaire des Placards" in 1534 caused François I to take a hard line with the reformers, and a series of crises followed under the reign of his son Henri II. Many historians date the actual wars from 1575 to 1596, after which the Edict of Nantes guaranteed civil and military rights to Protestants. All are in agreement, however, that the situation became critical following the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre ( August 25, 1572), when many Protestant leaders were assassinated.
2.
The book is divided into four parts, but the third and fourth are in reality two halves of the same story.
3.
Née Marie-Catherine Desjardins ( 1638?- 1683).
4.
Cuénin, Introduction to Les Désordres de l'amour, xiii. All translations from the French in this article are my own. Page numbers within parentheses in the text refer to the Cuénin edition of Les Désordres. A more recent edition by Arthur Flannigan is perhaps easier to read, but is not so rich in background material.
5.
The king engaged a series of court historiographers, including Jean Racine. The writing of history thus became a form of political propaganda. See Ranum, Artisans of Glory.
6.
Démoris, "Aux Origines de l'homme historique,"30, 31.
7.
Cuénin, Introduction, lii.
8.
Berg, Review, 117-18.
9.
See Evans, L'Historien Mézeray.
10.
Micheline Cuénin's edition provides references to all the passages on which Villedieu based her narrative. See also her Introduction (xxviii-xliii).
11.
Mézeray, Histoire de France, 2.
13.
The use of the word "ligue" to designate the alliance against Madame de Sauve may be a conscious parody of the name by which history designates the ultra-Catholic Guise faction. See Les Désordres, 13: "[T]he duke entered into this 'ligue,' joining to the ladies' resentments a fearless courage and a perfect knowledge of all the characters involved."
14.
Miller, "Tender Economies,"82.
15.
Pelous, Amour précieux, 464. Micheline Cuénin notes in this regard, "In fact, it is really beginning with Madame de Villedieu that the French novel would take on for centuries the psychological determinism which Racine, quite precisely at the same date, implanted in the theatre" ( Romanet Société

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Notes xix
  • War and Memory 1
  • Arms and the Woman: The Con[tra]ception of the War Text 9
  • Notes 23
  • Works Cited 23
  • "Still Wars and Lechery": Shakespeare and the Last Trojan Woman 25
  • Notes 39
  • Works Cited 40
  • Rewriting History: Madame de Villedieu and the Wars of Religion 43
  • Notes 55
  • Works Cited 57
  • Southern Women's Diaries of Sherman's March to the Sea, 1864-1865 59
  • Notes 75
  • Works Cited 77
  • Civil Wars and Sexual Territories 80
  • Notes 95
  • Works Cited 96
  • The Women and Men of 1914 97
  • Notes 118
  • Corpus/Corps/Corpse: Writing the Body in/at War 124
  • Notes 159
  • Works Cited 164
  • May Sinclair's The Tree of Heaven: The Vortex of Feminism, the Community of War 168
  • Notes 179
  • Works Cited 182
  • Combat Envy and Survivor Guilt: Willa Cather's "Manly Battle Yarn" 184
  • Notes 201
  • Works Cited 203
  • "Seeds for the Sowing": The Diary of Käthe Kollwitz 205
  • Notes 221
  • Works Cited 223
  • A Needle with Mama's Voice: Mitsuye Yamada's Camp Notes and the American Canon of War Poetry 225
  • Notes 241
  • Feminism, the Great War, and Modern Vegetarianism 244
  • Images of Love and War in Contemporary Israeli Fiction: A Feminist Re-vision 268
  • Notes 277
  • Works Cited 280
  • Nuclear Domesticity: Sequence and Survival 283
  • Notes 299
  • "Epitaphs and Epigraphs: 'The End(s) of Man'" 303
  • Notes 319
  • Works Cited 321
  • A Bibliography of Secondary Sources 323
  • The Contributors 331
  • Index 335
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