The Story of the Marquise-Marquis de Banneville
- Authors: François-Timoléon de Choisy, Marie-Jeanne L'Héritier, Charles Perrault
- Editor: Joan DeJean
- Translator: Steven Rendall
- Pages: xxvii & 66 pp.
- Published: 2004
- ISBN: 9780873529327 (Paperback)
“The crossed-dress life that the characters share offers a fascinating, unconventional approach to court culture of seventeenth-century France.”
The beautiful Marquise de Banneville meets a handsome marquis, and they fall in love. But the young woman is actually a young man (brought up as a girl and completely in the dark about her—or his—true sex), while the marquis is actually a young woman who likes to cross-dress. Will they live happily ever after?
In the introduction, Joan DeJean presents the fascinating puzzle of authorship of this lighthearted gender-bending tale written in the late seventeenth century in France.