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Early French feminisms, 1830-1940 : a passion for liberty /
by Felicia Gordon and Máire Cross.
imprint
Cheltenham, UK ; Brookfield, VT : Edward Elgar Publ., c1996.
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vii, 287 p. : ill.
ISBN
1852789697
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Cheltenham, UK ; Brookfield, VT : Edward Elgar Publ., c1996.
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1852789697
catalogue key
1846139
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-12-01:
Gordon and Cross examine selections representing two eras of modern French history, when struggles for women's rights coincided with male struggles for political and social equality. The writings of Flora Tristan, Jeanne Deroin, and Pauline Roland, active roughly from 1830 until 1852, are linked to the second set of texts concerning Madeleine Pelletier and Helene Brion, which cover the fin-de-siecle through 1940. In their thorough and insightful contextual presentation of selections, Gordon and Cross suggest lines for future inquiry and analysis, and argue these texts demonstrate continuities in the exclusion, the education, and the gendered divisions within French society as a whole as well as within the ranks of the French socialist movements. The texts are remarkably moving and of considerable scholarly importance, yet the lack of materials covering the obvious chronological gap weakens this collection. Previously untranslated and often unpublished, these writings--especially Pelletier's fragmentary memoirs, which will certainly spark a controversial reassessment of that often enigmatic and troubled feminist pioneer--will delight serious readers. Along with a very useful bibliography, the well-crafted chapter notes are useful to specialized researchers and new students alike. Upper-division undergraduates and above. F. Burkhard Morgan State University
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Previously untranslated and often unpublished, these writings - especially Pelletier s fragmentary memoirs, which will certainly spark a controversial reassessment of that often enigmatic and troubled feminist pioneer - will delight serious readers. Along with a very useful bibliography, the well-crafted chapter notes are useful to specialized researchers and new students alike. F. Burkhard, Choice Early French Feminisms, 1830 1940 is a source book of personal and political writings by Flora Tristan, Pauline Roland, Jeanne Deroin, Hélène Brion and Madeleine Pelletier, five key individuals in the development of women s rights in France. Though their writings and political activity ranged over more than a century, these women were linked by their commitment to feminism and to socialism and can be considered as seminal figures in French political thought. Their journals, letters and diaries have not been available in print or in English translation and the same is true of many of their published works. As well as extensive extracts from the original source material, Early French Feminisms, 1830 1940 contains biographical and contextual historical material which sets the writers in their period and links them to contemporary feminist and socialist debates. Tristan, Deroin, Roland, Pelletier and Brion were active in the growth of trade union organization, Saint-Simonian utopian socialism, the birth of the parliamentary Socialist Parties, pacifism during the First World War and the neo-Malthusian or birth control movement. Ranging across personal and public genres of writings, the texts reproduced for this volume, placed in historical context, demonstrate the difficulty which these largely self-educated women faced in entering the public sphere and the political persecution which they faced courageously. Early French Feminisms, 1830 1940 clarifies an important chapter in feminist and socialist militancy which will be of interest to students and scholars of women s studies and modern French history.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Preface and acknowledgements
Introductionp. 1
Flora Tristan's campaigns, 1835-1844p. 19
Jeanne Deroin, Pauline Roland and 1848p. 59
Jeanne Deroin and Pauline Roland: prison, deportation and exile, 1851-1852p. 95
Madeleine Pelletier: feminism and politicsp. 142
Madeleine Pelletier: the politics of sexualityp. 164
Helene Brion: syndicalist, pacifist and feministp. 189
Madeleine Pelletier: autobiographical writingp. 228
Conclusionp. 261
Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 279
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