Letters of a Peruvian Woman
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Description: 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 cruelly 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. Graffigny's bold and innovative novel clearly appealed to the contemporary taste for the exotic and the timeless appetite for love stories. In fusing sentimental fiction and social commentary, she created a heroine defined by her thoughts as much as her feelings, underlining the writer's own intellectual seriousness. The novel's controversial ending calls into question traditional assumptions about the role of women both in fiction and society, and also about what constitutes 'civilization'.
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Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/26/2009
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall