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- DescriptionFeminism, 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, incent 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 automy of the individual subject, thereby offering a bold challenge to the patriarchal and religious foundations of absolutism.
- Author BiographyDaniella Kostroun is currently Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She is the co-editor (with Lisa Vollendorf) of Women, Religion, and the Atlantic World, 1600-1800 and the author of 'A Formula for Disobedience: Jansenism, Gender and the Feminist Paradox', which appeared in the Journal of Modern History and won the 2004 Chester Penn Higby Prize from the Modern European History section of the American Historical Association.
- Author(s)Daniella Kostroun
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication06/06/2011
- SubjectGovernment & Constitution
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Weight520 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine25 mm
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