Created on 25/02/2013 10:08:00 AM
Madame de Lafayette, The Princess of Cleves (Lecture 1)
- more psychological novel
- more ‘novelistic’ novel
- published anonymously by a woman
Beginning in 17 century, with a difficult-to-read, tedious introduction.
This tedious introduction (first few pages) is embedded in the strategy
of the novel, allowing the readers to relate to the similar ordeal of
which Madame de Lafayette endures.
3 things to keep in mind, while reading:
1) Princess of Cleves marries prince of cleves marries very young,
at a mere 15-16 of age. *She’s young
2) Just like Quixote, plays off of chivalric romance. Not parody