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The Amorous Restoration: Love, Sex, and Politics in Early Nineteenth-Century France

Andrew J. Counter


When Louis XVIII returned to the throne in 1814, and again in 1815, France embarked upon a period of uneasy cohabitation between the old and the new. The writers of the age, who included Chateaubriand, Stendhal, Balzac, and Mme de Duras, agreed that they lived at a historical turning point, a transitional moment whose outcome, though still uncertain, would transform the French way of life—beginning with the French way of love. The literary works of the Bourbon Restoration ceaselessly return to the themes of love, marriage, and sexuality, partly as vital cultural questions in their own right, b ... More

Keywords: Bourbon Restoration, sexuality, love, marriage, François-René de Chateaubriand, Claire de Duras, Stendhal, Louis XVIII of France, Charles X of France

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198785996
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785996.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew J. Counter, author
New College, Oxford