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
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Alternative civilization, Aulnoy, Madame d', Cultural translation, France, Louis XIV, King of France|
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