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HIST 358: The Remarkable Body of Marie Antoinette (HC): Background Information

History 358: The Remarkable Body of Marie Antoinette (Graham) Spring 2019

Controversial Pastoral Portrait


Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Marie Antoinette in a Chemise Dress,  1783, Kronberg, Hessische  Hausstiftung 

Source: flickr, Photo by Irina, Creative Commons 2.0

Finding Background Information

The sources on this page provide overviews of ideas, people, and events in eighteenth century history.  They are a quick way to find out the basic facts and current points of debate.

When using an article in an encyclopedia or handbook, always check the bibliography for further reading at the end of the article. It will provide a selective list of the books, articles, and, frequently, Web resources considered to be the most up-to-date and reliable.


Recommended Reading:

Professor Graham recommends the primary and secondary texts on this guide that deal with many different issues relating to gender and power in the eighteenth century.  See the different subject areas under the Secondary Sources tab above on the navigation bar.

Encyclopedias and Handbooks - 18th Century France

Encyclopedias and Handbooks - French Revolution

Encyclopedias and Handbooks - Women and Gender

Printing History

Subject Guide

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Margaret Schaus

Literature Reviews

Literature reviews are a particularly useful resource when doing research.  They address the issues involved in a particular question and the debates among scholars.  They map out the intellectual terrain succinctly and give you the major landmarks in terms of key authors and significant titles for greater understanding. 

Web Sites