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Clotilde de Vaux and the Search for Identity

Mary Pickering

in The New Biography

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221406
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935310 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520221406.003.0005
Clotilde de Vaux and the Search for Identity

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Clotilde de Vaux has a different personality due to the involvement of aspects of many rich and diverse images made available by the culture at large. She played the abandoned wife, innocent victim, household angel, inspiring muse, and dependent invalid just to conform to bourgeois convention. Clotilde performed the parts of enthusiastic student, rebellious daughter, prostitute, independent woman of ideas, writer, and social reformer just to resist traditional representations of women. These different personalities of her are developed within or represented by a reaction to the texts that surrounded her. These include her stories and letters, which portrayed women as victims of evil men, an unjust society, bad mothers, and a poor education.

Keywords: Clotilde de Vaux; personality; women

Chapter.  15139 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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