Finding the Woman Who Didn't Exist: The Curious Life of Gisele d'Estoc (BOK)

Melanie C. Hawthorne

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GisA le da'Estoc was the pseudonym of a nineteenth-century French woman writer and it turns out artist who among other things was accused of being a bomb-planting anarchist the cross-dressing lover of writer Guy de Maupassant and the fighter of at least one duel with another woman inspiring Bayarda's famous painting on the subject. The true identity of this enigmatic woman remained unknown and was even considered fictional until recently when Melanie C. Hawthorne resurrected da'Estoca's discarded story from the annals of forgotten history.

Finding the Woman Who Didna't Exist begins with the claim by expert literary historians of France on the eve of World War II that the woman then known only as GisA le da'Estoc was merely a hoax. More than fifty years later Hawthorne not only proves that she did exist but also uncovers details about her fascinating life and career along the way adding to our understanding of nineteenth-century France literary culture and gender identity. Hawthorne explores the intriguing life of the real da'Estoc explaining why others came to doubt the ai??expertsai?? and following the threads of evidence that the latter overlooked. In focusing on how narratives are shaped for particular audiences at particular times Hawthorne also tells ai??the story of the storyai?? which reveals how the habits of thought fostered by the humanities continue to matter beyond the halls of academe.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Melanie C. Hawthorne
Combined Academic Publishers
ISBN 9780803240346
Antall sider 216 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 2cm
Vekt 408 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Biography: historical, political & military, Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900