Men and Women Making Friends in Early Modern France
Publication Date: 2015-07-14
In the 17th century, a new imperative of heterosociality opened a space for the cultivation of cross-gender friendships, while the spiritual friendships of the Catholic Reformation modeled relationships that transcended the gendered dynamics of galanterie. This book argues that the imaginative experimentation in friendships between men and women was a distinctive feature of early modern French culture. Contributors reveal how men and women fashioned gendered selves, and also circumvented gender norms through concrete friendship practices.