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)
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“The crossed-dress life that the characters share offers a fascinating, unconventional approach to court culture of seventeenth-century France.”

—Harriet Stone, Washington University

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.