in A Rule for Children and Other Writings

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780226648316
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226648347 | DOI:

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Jacqueline Pascal's writings present her model of education for women, rooted in her direction of the convent school at Port–Royal. They defend the right to pursue a vocation against paternal authority. Forged in the controversy over Jansenism, they justify the freedom to dissent from church condemnations. In her works Jacqueline Pascal gives voice to the broader struggle of Port–Royal to exalt the intellectual and moral rights of women against royal and episcopal commands to silence. This introductory chapter discusses the life, works, and influences of Jacqueline Pascal.

Keywords: Jacqueline Pascal; education; vocation; Port–Royal; Jansenism; women's rights; paternal authority

Chapter.  7044 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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