Women, Entertainment, and Precursors of the French Salon, 1532-1615
In sixteenth-century France, the entertainment activities of women-led circles illustrate the richly complex precursors of the more famous seventeenth-century salons. This study addresses the Italianate practices of philosophical and literary sociability as they took root in France, providing the framework for such groups. Notions from the philosophy of play, such as those developed by Johan Huizinga, Eugen Fink, and Roger Caillois, who argue that play is critically intertwined with the development of society, provide a theoretical path across these periods of women’s engagement in literary culture, and the attorney Estienne Pasquier, whose voluminous network of literary and legal connections permitted him entry into the society of such women, acts as an eyewitness to this dynamic period.
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Amsterdam University Press
European History | History | Women's History
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