ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This work was made possible by an Arts and Humanities Research Council Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship [award reference 1445114], which allowed me to complete my PhD thesis at the University of Durham. I am further grateful to the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, and Durham University’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and University College, for their support. This article has been developed from a revised chapter of my thesis, the full text of which is available here: http://etheses. dur.ac.uk/12629/.
NOTES 1. Fougeret de Monbron, Louis Charles, Margot la ravaudeuse, in Romanciers libertins du XVIIIe siècle, ed. by Patrick Wald Lasowski, 2 vols (Paris: Gallimard, 2000), i, pp. 801-863. For an English translation of the text, see Louis Charles Fougeret de Monbron, Margot la ravaudeuse, ed. and trans. by Édouard Langille (Cambridge: Modern Humanities Research Association, 2015). Langille’s introduction to the text offers a fascinating overview of Fougeret de Monbron’s life and the text’s publication history, as well as the rehabilitation of libertine writing in literary scholarship (pp. 1–12). The French text is also freely available online via wikisource, Gutenberg and other, similar, platforms. A ravaudeuse would mend garments and stockings – from ravauder, to darn or sew. 2. Kathryn Norberg, ‘The Libertine Whore: Prostitution in French Pornography from Margot to Juliette’, in The Invention of Pornography: Obscenity and the Origins of Modernity, ed. by Lynn Hunt (New York: Zone Books, 1993), pp. 225–252 (p.225). 3. Nancy K. Miller, French Dressing: Women, Men, and Ancien Régime Fiction
(New York; London: Routledge, 1995), pp. 70, 96. Perhaps the best known firstperson novel contemporaneous with Margot is Thérèse philosophe, a bestseller of eighteenth-century libertine fiction published in 1748 under disputed authorship, but usually attributed to Jean Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d’Argens. Thérèse philosophe also recounts a young woman’s sexual and philosophical awakening, marrying pornographic scenes with discussion of Enlightenment ideas on materialism, and radical political and religious ideas. 4. For the revolution that took place in eighteenth-century French kitchens and tables see, for instance, Susan Pinkard, A Revolution in Taste: The Rise of French Cuisine, 1650-1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009); Sean Takats, The Expert Cook in Enlightenment France (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011); Piero Camporesi, Exotic Brew: The Art of Living in the Age of Enlightenment (Oxford; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Polity Press, 1994); Jennifer J. Davis, ‘Masters of Disguise: French Cooks Between Art and Nature, 1651–1793’, Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, 9 (2009), 36-49, and Defining Culinary Authority: The Transformation of Cooking in France, 1650-1832 (Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2013); Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson, Accounting for Taste: The
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