French Feminism in the 19th Century

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SUNY Press, 1984 - Social Science - 311 pages
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Histories of France have erased the feminist presence from nineteenth-century political life and the feminist impact from the changes that affected the lives of the French. Now, French Feminism in the Nineteenth Century completes the history books by restoring this missing--and vital--chapter of French history.

The book recounts the turbulent story of nineteenth-century French feminism, placing it in the context of the general political events that influenced its development. It also examines feminist thought and activities, using the very words of the women themselves--in books, newspapers, pamphlets, memoirs, diaries, speeches, and letters. Featured is a wealth of previously unpublished personal letters written by Saint-Simonian women. These engrossing documents reveal the nuances of changing consciousness and show how it led to an autonomous women's movement.

Also explored are the relationships between feminist ideology and women's actual status--legal, social, and economic--during the century. Both bourgeois and working-class women are surveyed.

Beginning with a general survey of feminism in France, the book provides historical context and clarifies the later vicissitudes of the "condition feminine."
 

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An enjoyable read! Used it for my senior paper in college - only needed the chapter on 1848 but read the whole book anyways because it was so well written!

Contents

Patriarchy and Resistance
1
The Image and Reality of Womanhood
17
Creating a New World Order
41
The Birth of an Autonomous Womens Movement
61
Searching for Direction
89
Feminist Activism during the Revolutionary Upheavals of 18481851
127
La Querelle des Femmes of the Second Empire
151
The Reemergence of Feminist Activism
173
Republican Feminism
197
Conclusion
229
Notes
239
Bibliography
281
Index
303
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About the author (1984)

Claire Goldberg Moses is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Maryland, and managing editor of Feminist Studies.

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