How did a swashbuckling seventeenth-century opera singer become the heroine of a nineteenth-century novel? What does this tell us about the performance and perception of gender in both eras? And did the mysterious Mademoiselle de Maupin really run away with a nun? This week’s episode of Footnoting History looks at all that... and dueling!
J.M.B. Clement and Abbé de Laporte, Anecdotes Dramatiques.
Theophile Gautier. Mademoiselle de Maupin: A Romance of Love and Passion. Paris, 1835.
C. and F. Parfaict. Dictionnaire des Théatres de Paris.
Sadie, Julie Anne. “Maupin.” The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. London: Macmillan, 1992.
Music by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)