By Lisa Alther, Françoise Gilot

ISBN-10: 0385539878

ISBN-13: 9780385539876

A provocative and wide-ranging dialog among targeted women—one American and one French—on the dilemmas, rewards, and calls for of womanhood.

Lisa Alther and Françoise Gilot were associates for greater than twenty-five years. even though from diversified backgrounds (Gilot from cosmopolitan Paris, Alther from small-town Tennessee) and diversified generations, they discovered they've got very much in universal as ladies who controlled to aid themselves with careers within the arts whereas concurrently balancing the responsibilities of labor and parenthood.

About girls is their prolonged dialog during which they discuss every thing very important to them: their childhoods, the effect of battle on their lives and their paintings, and their perspectives on love, variety, self-invention, feminism, and baby rearing. additionally they speak about the artistic impulse and the significance of paintings as they reflect on what it potential to be a girl.

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15 In fact it was mainly the awareness of her descent from Augustus that would fuel the political ambitions of Agrippina. The prospect of her becoming, by virtue of this descent, ruler in her own right was never a serious one. This was not possible for a woman. 16 The Julian link did, however, give Agrippina a near-mystical status and would provide a powerful basis for the claims that were made on behalf of her son. To avoid the conflict that would be inevitable if powerful noble families competed for power, Augustus may have thought it desirable for the succession to fall to someone from his own kin.

She would barely have known her father – she was not yet five when she last saw him – but she was always conscious of his almost mystical reputation, and of the compelling magic of his name. She could hardly have felt otherwise, since she spent her formative years with a mother who was obsessed by the notion that her family was born to rule and that her husband, endowed by nature to be an outstanding princeps, had been cheated of his proper birthright. Although the evidence indicates that Agrippina the Elder and Germanicus were a devoted couple, they could not have been more different in temperament and personality.

Fulvia 11 BACKGROUND joined him there, and, according to the tradition, girded a sword, issued the watchword, harangued the troops and held councils of war with senators and knights. This is the kind of behaviour that evoked special dread in republican writers, and in critics of Agrippina and of her mother – the presumption of a woman who would seek to command the loyalty of the troops. The writer Florus describes her as gladio cincta virilis militiae (‘girt with the sword of a man’s [or, her husband’s] campaign’).

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