By Olga Kenyon
This inspiring and interesting e-book is the 1st actually entire research of women's letters ever released. Organised by way of material, and masking quite a lot of themes from politics, paintings and battle, to youth, love and sexual ardour. '800 Years of Women's Letter' finds the intensity, breadth and variety of women's lives during the a long time. the following Holoise writes to Abelad of her timeless devotion, Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woofl correspond approximately existence and writing, and Queen Victoria complains to Robert Peel concerning the forget of Buckingham Palace. Many extra ladies write letters that exhibit the compassion, humour, love and tenacity with which they confront the customarily tricky situations of daily life. this is often an interesting perception, and a unprecedented chance to learn the genuine phrases of genuine girls, of their personal intimate language. "No literary shape is extra revealing, extra spontaneous of extra person than a letter." P D James
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Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1962. 10 Anonymous, Le Corps Aristocratique sous la figure d 'une femme expirant dans les bras de la noblesse, etc. Etching with hand coloring. Source: Library of Congress. 11 Louis Charles Ruotte, after Louis-Marie Sicardi, finished by Jacques-Louis Copis, La Liberte Patronne des Francais, after Boizot, c. 1795. Source: S. P. Avery Collection, Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints, and Photographs, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations.
Taking a leaf from the book of enlightened and republican criticism of absolutism with its constant complaint against the emasculation of would-be virile male citizens, the anonymous artist cleverly represents royalist opposition to the revolution as a fear of the emasculating, voracious appetites of the women which the revolution has now unleashed. We are now firmly within the transgressive territory of revolutionary caricature whose most pronounced examples can be aggregated under the category which I referred to earlier as that of the body politic's dismemberment.
See Langlois, "Counterrevolutionary iconography," in French Caricature, 4154, and "La fille a Target" in Caricature Contre-Revolutionnaire, 65-69. Vivian Cameron provided an excellent account of royalist caricatures of Targinette in "Reading the Constitution: Contradictory Images in the French Revolution," paper presented at The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Twentieth Annual Meeting, New Orleans, March 29–April 2, 1989. 25. Carole Pateman, The Sexual Contract (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1988), 102, 88.