Exquisite Rebel: The Essays of Voltairine de Cleyre -- Anarchist, Feminist, Genius

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SUNY Press, Feb 10, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 331 pages
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Emma Goldman called Voltairine de Cleyre “the most gifted and brilliant anarchist woman America ever produced.” Yet her writings and speeches on anarchism and feminism—as radical, passionate, and popular at the time as Goldman’s—are virtually unknown today. This important book brings de Cleyre’s eloquent and incisive work out of undeserved obscurity. Twenty-one essays are reprinted here, including her classic works: “Anarchism and the American Tradition,” “The Dominant Idea,” and “Sex Slavery.” Three biographical essays are also included: two new ones by Sharon Presley and Crispin Sartwell, and a rarely reprinted one from Emma Goldman.

At a time when the mainstream women’s movement asked only for the right to vote and rarely challenged the status quo, de Cleyre demanded an end to sex roles, called for economic independence for women, autonomy within and without marriage, and offered a radical critique of the role of the Church and State in oppressing women. In today’s world of anti-globalization actions, de Cleyre’s anarchist ideals of local self-rule, individual conscience, and decentralization of power still remain fresh and relevant.
  

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Contents

Priestess of Pity and Vengeance by Crispin Sarrwell
17
A Moving
27
Introduction by Sharon Presley
47
am an Anarchist
53
Anarchism
67
Events are the True Schoolmaster S3
89
A Correction
103
Introduction by Sharon Presley
109
Introduction by Sharon Presley
161
Secular Education
179
Introduction by Crispin Sartwell and Sharon Presley
247
Introduction by Crispin Sartwell
269
The Eleventh of November 1887
287
Our Present Attitude
295
Introduction by Crispin Sartwell
307
Index
325

Crime and Punishment
125
In Defense of Emma Goldman
147

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About the author (2005)

Voltairine de Cleyre (1866-1912) was one of the most original and important anarchist intellectuals of her time.

Sharon Presley teaches psychology at California State University at Hayward. She is the founder and Executive Director of Resources for Independent Thinking and the National Coordinator of the Association of Libertarian Feminists.

. Crispin Sartwell is Associate Professor of Art and Art History at Dickinson College and the author of several books. His most recent book is Against the State: An Introduction to Anarchist Political Theory, also published by SUNY Press. His political writing appears in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Harper's, among other outlets. He also writes a syndicated weekly opinion column.

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