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Writing the RevolutionA French Woman's History in Letters$
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Lindsay A. H. Parker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199931026

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931026.001.0001

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Reading for Revolution

Reading for Revolution

(p.31) 2Reading for Revolution
Writing the Revolution

Lindsay A. H. Parker

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Chapter 2 addresses the question of preparedness for the Revolution. Marc-Antoine was a devoted reader of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and friend of abbé Mably. Rosalie wrote more frequently about La Fontaine and Samuel Richardson; she was also devout in her Catholic practices. Rosalie shared the common middle-class concern over the corrupting quality of wealth. She regretted her family’s subordinate social position as members of the Third Estate. This chapter argues that Rosalie and Marc-Antoine were potentially well prepared to become revolutionaries.

Keywords:   Rousseau, Mably, Servan, Church, Third Esate, Republican Motherhood, Nursing

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