New Book | Marie-Antoinette’s Legacy

Posted in books by Editor on November 3, 2022

From Amsterdam UP:

Susan Taylor-Leduc, Marie-Antoinette’s Legacy: The Politics of French Garden Patronage and Picturesque Design, 1775–1867 (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2022), 316 pages, ISBN: 978-9463724241, €124.

Challenging the established historiography that frames the French picturesque garden movement as an international style, this book contends that the French picturesque gardens from 1775 until 1867 functioned as liminal zones at the epicenter of court patronage systems. Four French consorts—queen Marie-Antoinette and empresses Joséphine Bonaparte, Marie-Louise, and Eugénie—constructed their gardens betwixt and between court ritual and personal agency, where they transgressed sociopolitical boundaries in order to perform gender and identity politics. Each patron endorsed embodied strolling, promoting an awareness of the sentient body in artfully contrived sensoria at the Petit Trianon and Malmaison, transforming these places into spaces of shared affectivity. The gardens became living legacies, where female agency, excluded from the garden history canon, created a forum for spatial politics. Beyond the garden gates, the spatial experience of the picturesque influenced the development of cultural fields dedicated to performances of subjectivity, including landscape design, cultural geography, and the origination of landscape aesthetics in France.

Susan Taylor-Leduc earned both her masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1992, she has worked as a teacher, curator, and university administrator in Paris. She is currently affiliated with the Centre des Recherche du Château de Versailles.


List of Illustrations

Introduction: Spatial Legacies
Prologue: Consorts & Fashionistas
1  A Gambling Queen: Marie-Antoinette’s Gamescapes, 1775–1789
2  Revolutionary Surprises, 1789–1804
3  A Créole Empress: Joséphine at Malmaison, 1799–1809
4  The Imperial Picturesque: Napoléon, Joséphine and Marie-Louise, 1810–14
5  Empress Eugénie and the Universal Exhibition of 1867


Call for Articles | Women as Builders, Designers, and Critics

Posted in books, Calls for Papers by Editor on November 3, 2022

Villa Benedetta, designed by Plautilla Bricci (and completed in 1665) is the large residence to the right of the street in this engraving by Giuseppe Vasi, Casino e Villa Corsini fuori di Porta S. Pancrazio, Plate 199, 1761. 

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From the Call for Proposals:

Women as Builders, Designers, and Critics of the Built Environment, 1200–1800
Volume edited by Shelley E. Roff

Proposals due by 1 December 2022; final chapter submissions due by 15 January 2024

Routledge Publishing invites book chapter proposals for a peer-reviewed edited volume that will re-write the history of architecture, urban space, and landscape before the modern age from an alternative, feminist point of view. Women as Builders, Designers and Critics will recover women’s agency within the built environment in the urban and rural setting from the perspective of distinct and often overlapping roles women have played as:
Builders — manual labourers on constructions sites and in the building trades, building material suppliers, and managers of construction projects
Designers — amateur designers of architecture, interiors and gardens, artists influencing design through their architectural imagery, patrons directly engaged with design
Critics — writers, mentors, tutors, and patrons influencing the form of the built environment

Chapter authors should situate the women studied within the context of their social class, time period, and region. Within this context, authors may, if appropriate, choose to theorize about where these women fit within or challenge the canon of architectural history. The geographic scope is open and projects from earlier periods and addressing alternative roles are welcome.

Please send a 500-word abstract and a one-page CV to Shelley E. Roff at shelley.roff@utsa.edu by 1 December 2022. Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be sent by 10 December 2022. If your proposal is accepted, the deadline for a full chapter submission will be 15 January 2024. Chapters should be 5,000–8,000 words in length and must be published in English.

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