Fiction, Kingship and the Politics of Character in Eighteenth-Century France
Mystifying the Monarchy: Studies on Discourse, Power and History
Amsterdam University Press
This article examines the impact of fictional forms and techniques on attitudes toward the king and royal authority in eighteenth-century France. It focuses on allegorical novels that made the king, Louis XV, into a character and then mocked his authority. I argue that the techniques of fiction demystified the king in the eyes of the reading public and led them to judge him and demand accountability. --author-supplied description
Graham, Lisa Jane. "Fiction, Kingship and the Politics of Character in Eighteenth-Century France." Mystifying the Monarch: Studies on Discourse, Power, and History. By Jeroen Deploige and Gita Deneckere. Amsterdam: Amsterdam UP, 2006. 139-58. Print.