Madame Du Bocage, un premier voyage d’Angleterre au féminin

Translated title of the contribution: Madame Du Bocage, a first 'gendered' travel to England

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Madame du Boccage is the first well-known Frenchwoman to travel to England. For contemporary travelers, “England” was sometimes as much a pretext to discuss French preoccupations, as a real destination – in her case, the topic is femininity. The differences in the situation of Englishwomen and Frenchwomen prompt her to discuss the lack of formal recognition of female intellectual performance in France, or the fact that Frenchwomen are systematically restricted to the realm of corporeality and sensuality. Through a partial rewriting of Voltaire’s Lettres philosophiques, Madame Du Boccage creates a female vision of England, and an authentic gendered travel experience.
Translated title of the contributionMadame Du Bocage, a first 'gendered' travel to England
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationForme Venus, Arte Minerva:
Subtitle of host publicationSur l'oeuvre et la carrière d'Anne-Marie Du Bocage (1710-1802)
EditorsFrançois Bessire, Martine Reid
Place of PublicationMont-Saint-Agnan
PublisherPresses Universitaires de Rouen et du Havre
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-2-87775-999-3
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2017


  • travel
  • gender
  • France
  • England
  • enlightenment


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