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Letters of a Peruvian Woman By Francoise de Graffigny

Letters of a Peruvian Woman
by Francoise de Graffigny

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Graffigny's bold and original novel tells the story of Zilia, an Inca Virgin, rescued from the Spanish and brought to France. Separated from her lover and her culture, she recounts her experiences and personal growth. To this fine new translation are appended extracts from Graffigny's chief source and other writers' fictional responses.
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Letters of a Peruvian Woman Summary


Letters of a Peruvian Woman by Francoise de Graffigny

'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.

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Letters of a Peruvian Woman Reviews


Elegantly translated. * Maya Slater, Times Literary Supplement *

About Francoise de Graffigny



Jonathan Mallinson is Lecturer in French at the University of Oxford, and Fellow of Trinity College.

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GOR005260460
Letters of a Peruvian Woman by Francoise de Graffigny
Francoise de Graffigny
Oxford World's Classics
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2009-01-01
208
0199208174
9780199208173
N/A
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