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Finding the Woman Who Didn't Exist, Finding the Woman Who Didn't Exist, 0803240341, 0-8032-4034-1, 978-0-8032-4034-6, 9780803240346, Melanie C. Hawthorne, , Finding the Woman Who Didn't Exist, 0803245688, 0-8032-4568-8, 978-0-8032-4568-6, 9780803245686, Melanie C. Hawthorne

Finding the Woman Who Didn't Exist
The Curious Life of Gisèle d'Estoc
Melanie C. Hawthorne

hardcover
2013. 216 pp.
9 photographs, 4 illustrations, 1 genealogy, 1 chronology
978-0-8032-4034-6
$35.00 s
 

Gisèle d’Estoc was the pseudonym of a nineteenth-century French woman writer and, it turns out, artist who, among other things, was accused of being a bomb-planting anarchist, the cross-dressing lover of writer Guy de Maupassant, and the fighter of at least one duel with another woman, inspiring Bayard’s famous painting on the subject. The true identity of this enigmatic woman remained unknown and was even considered fictional until recently, when Melanie C. Hawthorne resurrected d’Estoc’s discarded story from the annals of forgotten history.

Finding the Woman Who Didn’t Exist begins with the claim by expert literary historians of France on the eve of World War II that the woman then known only as Gisèle d’Estoc was merely a hoax. More than fifty years later, Hawthorne not only proves that she did exist but also uncovers details about her fascinating life and career, along the way adding to our understanding of nineteenth-century France, literary culture, and gender identity. Hawthorne explores the intriguing life of the real d’Estoc, explaining why others came to doubt the “experts” and following the threads of evidence that the latter overlooked. In focusing on how narratives are shaped for particular audiences at particular times, Hawthorne also tells “the story of the story,” which reveals how the habits of thought fostered by the humanities continue to matter beyond the halls of academe.

Melanie C. Hawthorne is a professor of French at Texas A&M University, College Station. She has authored, edited, and translated numerous works, including Rachilde and French Women’s Authorship: From Decadence to Modernism (Nebraska, 2001), winner of the Modern Language Association’s Scaglione Prize.

"A truly exquisite volume. . . . Conversational, erudite, and inspired: this book is exceptional."—Choice

“Learned, funny, enlightening, and provocative in terms of what [this book] reveals not only about the past but about how we think in the present about the past and how we think about knowledge in general.”—Janet Beizer, professor of Romance languages and literatures at Harvard University and author of Thinking through the Mothers: Reimagining Women’s Biographies

“A research odyssey that addresses nothing less than the importance of the humanities to education and to life.”—Carol Mossman, professor of French at the University of Maryland and author of Writing with a Vengeance: The Countess de Chabrillan’s Rise from Prostitution


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