pleasure dairy, Marie-Antoinette, gender, power, pastoral architecture
Architectural History and Criticism | Architecture
Bédard gives a review of Meredith Martin's Dairy Queens: The Politics of Pastoral Architecture from Catherine de' Medici to Marie-Antoinette (Harvard University Press, 2011). This book traces the history of the pleasure dairy, a feature of the pastoral movement in Europe from a feminist perspective. Martin study draws on the literature dealing with the role of the visual arts in the construction of female subjectivity in Modern France to make the case of the importance of pleasure dairies as sights of empowerment from French Noblewomen. Bédard states that Dairy Queens is a strong contribution to discussions of how architecture and material culture reflects the values of court society.
Bédard, Jean-François, "REVIEW: Dairy Queens: The Politics of Pastoral Architecture from Catherine de' Medici to Marie-Antoinette by Meredith Martin" (2011). Full list of publications from School of Architecture. 239.
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