Carla Freccero


What I am presenting here is part of a book-length project on the politics of maternal sovereignty in early modern France. The focus is on the staging of feminine voices in The Heptameron and their delineation of a political conflict between maternal authority on the one hand and daughterly resistance on the other, in an attempt to understand something about how the nation-state "interpellates" the female sovereign subject in early modem France. It is important, I think, not to suppose that a female self or the "woman's voice" that gets constituted in the past is a necessarily "feminist" or oppositional one, and it is in that spirit that I undertake the present work.