Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Island of Un-Happiness: Madame d'Aulnoy's Critique of Louis XIV's Court at Versailles
by Gebhard, Courtney, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2014, 76; 10305703
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis concerns Madame d’Aulnoy’s novel, Histoire d’Hypolite, Comte de Duglas, and her innovative critique of the absolute monarchy of Louis XIV by interpolating the first French literary fairy tale in 1690, L’Île de la Félicité, which satirizes his court at Versailles. This subversive text reflects D’Aulnoy’s view of the court at Versailles, an enchanting spectacle that masks Louis XIV’s despotism, and veering from this ‘island’, or being expelled from it, brings unhappiness and exile. Whether self-imposed or forced, this exile leads to a social ‘death’, which for d’Aulnoy is paradoxically the best thing a man or woman of nobility can embark upon in late 17th century France. Using the lens of cultural translation and the scientific approach of Peter Burke, the thesis proposes an alternative or anti-civilization at play in the salons of the Précieuses , and specifically in Madame d’Aulnoy’s conte de fée.

Keywords: Alternative civilization, intralingual translation, cultural translation, Louis XIV, Madame d’Aulnoy, Précieuses, culture, exile, Versailles, enchanted islands

Indexing (document details)
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: Cultural Translation
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Romance literature
Keywords: Alternative civilization, Aulnoy, Madame d', Cultural translation, France, Louis XIV, King of France
Publication Number: 10305703
ISBN: 9781369492675
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