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LOUISE DU NEANT: LETTERS OF A MAD

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The following study about "the mystical writer Louise du Neant is conducted on two main sources: Louise letters to her confessors, written between 1680 and 1693 during her internment at the Salpetriere, and the hagiographic biography, dedicated to her, drafted by her confessor Jean Maillard. The life of Louise du Meant, testimony of the. religious and social discipline of the Seventeenth century France, is marked by fear of disobedience to the authorities and simulation of madness as self-punishment.

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