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The Perraults: A Family of Letters in Early Modern France

Oded Rabinovitch


Through the story of the Perraults, a family of literary and scientific authors active in seventeenth-century Paris, the book argues that kinship networks played a crucial yet unexamined role in shaping the cultural and intellectual ferment of seventeenth-century France, while showing how culture in its turn shaped kinship and the social history of the family. The book examines the world of letters as means of social mobility and revises our understanding of prominent early modern institutions, such as the Academy of Sciences, Versailles, and the salons, as well as authorship and court capital ... More

Keywords: Perrault family, Kinship, Family strategy, Authorship, France, Academies, Early Modern

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501729423
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501729423.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oded Rabinovitch, author
Tel Aviv University