Epistolary Silence in Françoise de Graffigny's <em>Lettres d'une Péruvienne</em> (1747)

  • Marijn S. Kaplan University of North Texas
Keywords: Feminism in literature, French women authors, Women in literature, Epistolary fiction


Reading Françoise de Graffigny's 1747 novel Lettres d'une Péruvienne as an atypical travel narrative, I argue that the author's use of epistolary silence, a lack of response to a letter or a hiatus between letters, constitutes an integral part of her feminist message, a message we can recuperate by interpreting that silence.

Author Biography

Marijn S. Kaplan, University of North Texas
Marijn S. Kaplan is an assistant professor of French at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Her teaching andresearch interests include seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature, women writers, epistolarity, and translation.