OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Letters of a Peruvian Woman

ISBN : 9780199208173

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¥1,639
著者: 
Francoise de Graffigny; Jonathan Mallinson
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208 ページ
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Paperback
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130 x 197 mm
刊行日
2009年01月
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Oxford World's Classics
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It has taken me a long time, my dearest Aza, to fathom the cause of that contempt in which women are held in this country ...' Zilia, an Inca Virgin of the Sun, is captured by the Spanish conquistadores and brutally separated from her lover, Aza. She is rescued and taken to France by Deterville, a nobleman, who is soon captivated by her. One of the most popular novels of the eighteenth century, the Letters of a Peruvian Woman recounts Zilia's feelings on her separation from both her lover and her culture, and her experience of a new and alien society. Francoise de Graffigny's bold and innovative novel clearly appealed to the contemporary taste for the exotic and the timeless appetite for love stories. But by fusing sentimental fiction and social commentary, she also created a new kind of heroine, defined by her intellect as much as her feelings. The novel's controversial ending calls into question traditional assumptions about the role of women both in fiction and society, and about what constitutes 'civilization'. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more._x000D_

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Translated by Jonathan Mallinson, Lecturer in French at the University of Oxford, and Fellow of Trinity College

“It has taken me a long time, my dearest Aza, to fathom the cause of that contempt in which women are held in this country …”

Zilia, an Inca Virgin of the Sun, is captured by the Spanish conquistadores and brutally separated from her lover, Aza. She is rescued and taken to France by Déterville, a nobleman, who is soon captivated by her.

One of the most popular novels of the eighteenth century, the Letters of a Peruvian Woman recounts Zilia’s feelings on her separation from both her lover and her culture, and her experience of a new and alien society. Françoise de Graffigny’s bold and innovative novel clearly appealed to the contemporary taste for the exotic and the timeless appetite for love stories.

But by fusing sentimental fiction and social commentary, she also created a new kind of heroine, defined by her intellect as much as her feelings. The novel’s controversial ending calls into question traditional assumptions about the role of women both in fiction and society, and about what constitutes “civilization”.

Click on the links below to hear Jonathan Mallinson of Trinity College, Oxford introduce his new translation of Françoise de Graffigny’s novel.

Who was Françoise de Graffigny?
Françoise de Graffigny (1695-1758) is the author of one of the most remarkable novels of the eighteenth century; she was also one of its most gifted correspondents. But despite being born into the minor aristocracy, her life was far from an easy one.
An introduction to Graffigny’s life and times [4:12]

Beyond the conventional
The Letters of a Peruvian Woman were inspired by several literary genres which were then in fashion, including the satirical epistolary novel in which a supposed foreign visitor provided an outsider’s perspective on French mores. It also appeared at a time when there was a vogue for all things Peruvian.
Graffigny’s influences [4:30]

Graffigny did much more in her book than merely fulfil the conventional expectations of readers of the genre in which she was writing.
Jonathan Mallinson explains how an unconventional heroine helped "feminize" the genre [3:22]

Graffigny’s heroine Zilia offers her critique of French society - its love of luxury, its social customs, the disparity of rich and poor - in a manner which would have been familiar to readers of other letter novels of the time. But she goes further, and engages with the theme of the inadequacy of the education and lot of women in French society.
Listen to Graffigny’s treatment of this theme [ 3:43]

Success, controversy, and alternative endings…
Letters of a Peruvian Woman was one of the best-selling novels of the eighteenth century, but it also provoked controversy because of the heroine’s unwillingness to settle for a conventional “happy ending”
Controversial endings and “corrective” sequels [4:30]

After a long period of neglect, Letters of a Peruvian Woman has been rediscovered by critics and readers in the past twenty-five years. For understandable reasons it has been celebrated as a proto-feminist text and Zilia held up as a model of the woman writer. But is there more to the text than that?
Jonathan Mallinson’s view [3:57]

One of the most interesting aspects of the novel is the way in which Graffigny charts her heroine’s evolution from lamenting lover to critical social observer.
Listen to Jonathan Mallinson read an extract from his new translation of the book which shows Zilia’s new-found social awareness coming into being [4:29]

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