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Poignant Relations: Three Modern French Women (review)

Poignant Relations: Three Modern French Women (review) Reviews 649 certainty. Pompadour’s concern to link her new identity with well known and powerful precedents is significant here, as is the filling of representa- tional spaces with the solid, prestigious objects that signify the ability to know truth. I hope I have succeeded, despite the brevity of this essay, in evoking the interest of Dr. Goodman’s book and the fascinating lines of investigation and reflection it opens. It is a very worthwhile addition to eighteenth-cen- tury studies, and its textual account of Pompadour and her time is hugely enriched by the numerous visual reproductions. I recommend the book enthusiastically. Larry W. Riggs NOTES 1. Goodman reminds us that Charles-François Paul Lenormant de Tournehem, a fabu- lously wealthy tax-farmer, is generally thought to have been Pompadour’s biological father (7). Pompadour, then, and the entire enterprise of refinement, are never far from the world of Turcaret. In fact, this is recognizably the society of rapidly transformed identities and status that gave us Ninon de Lenclos, and even Manon Lescaut. 2. “Vous verrez nos statuts quand ils seront tous faits”; “Nous serons par nos lois les juges des ouvrages / Par nos lois, prose et vers, tout nous sera soumis.” WORKS http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Poignant Relations: Three Modern French Women (review)

Biography , Volume 24 (3) – Jun 1, 2001

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Copyright © 2001 Biographical Research Center.
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Reviews 649 certainty. Pompadour’s concern to link her new identity with well known and powerful precedents is significant here, as is the filling of representa- tional spaces with the solid, prestigious objects that signify the ability to know truth. I hope I have succeeded, despite the brevity of this essay, in evoking the interest of Dr. Goodman’s book and the fascinating lines of investigation and reflection it opens. It is a very worthwhile addition to eighteenth-cen- tury studies, and its textual account of Pompadour and her time is hugely enriched by the numerous visual reproductions. I recommend the book enthusiastically. Larry W. Riggs NOTES 1. Goodman reminds us that Charles-François Paul Lenormant de Tournehem, a fabu- lously wealthy tax-farmer, is generally thought to have been Pompadour’s biological father (7). Pompadour, then, and the entire enterprise of refinement, are never far from the world of Turcaret. In fact, this is recognizably the society of rapidly transformed identities and status that gave us Ninon de Lenclos, and even Manon Lescaut. 2. “Vous verrez nos statuts quand ils seront tous faits”; “Nous serons par nos lois les juges des ouvrages / Par nos lois, prose et vers, tout nous sera soumis.” WORKS

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Published: Jun 1, 2001

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