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Feminisms of the Belle Epoque : a historical and literary anthology /
edited by Jennifer Waelti-Walters and Steven C. Hause ; texts translated by Jette Kjaer, Lydia Willis, and Jennifer Waelti-Walters.
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Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c1994.
description
337 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0803297483 (pb : alk. paper) 0803247621 (cl : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c1994.
isbn
0803297483 (pb : alk. paper) 0803247621 (cl : alk. paper)
catalogue key
265592
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [303]-320) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1994-04-01:
These 26 new translations of historical and literary materials offer an overview of feminist thought and activity in turn-of-the-century France. The editors, both academics, present excerpts from newspapers, magazines, and novels to reveal varied views of feminists, from radicals like Madeline Pelletier, Nelly Roussel, and Hubertine Auclert to moderates like Clotilde Dissard and conservatives like the Countess Lecointres. Then, as now, major issues were suffrage, equal education, work and pay, career vs. family, birth control, abortion, the legalization of prostitution, and the moral double standard. Translations are uneven but entertaining. Excellent introductions along with superb reference notes make this a good choice for undergraduates, though scholars will find the work useful.-- Linda V. Carlisle, Southern Illinois Univ., Edwardsville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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This volume consists of new translations of twenty-six representative selections from the belle epoque, the period of cultural efflorescence in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century France. These pieces have a remarkably modern sound; the anger of Nelly Roussel, the arguments for reproductive freedom, and the case histories of prostitutes transcend time and circumstance. Chosen from newspapers, speeches, novels, political tracts, and the like, these selections portray the range of feminist response to the prevailing social situation of women--from the generally meliorist position of the Christian feminists to the radical stances of socialist and utopian feminists. The works of authors well known at the turn of the century are interspersed with stories of the lives of some of society's victims. The selections are organized thematically: education, work, prostitution and the double standard, marriage and male-female relations, maternity, and political and civil rights. In the volume introduction and in introductions to each selection, the editors place the pieces within their historical and social settings.
Main Description
This volume consists of new translations of twenty-six representative selections from the belle époque, the period of cultural efflorescence in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century France. These pieces have a remarkably modern sound; the anger of Nelly Roussel, the arguments for reproductive freedom, and the case histories of prostitutes transcend time and circumstance. Chosen from newspapers, speeches, novels, political tracts, and the like, these selections portray the range of feminist response to the prevailing social situation of women-from the generally meliorist position of the Christian feminists to the radical stances of socialist and utopian feminists. The works of authors well known at the turn of the century are interspersed with stories of the lives of some of society's victims. The selections are organized thematically: education, work, prostitution and the double standard, marriage and male-female relations, maternity, and political and civil rights. In the volume introduction and in introductions to each selection, the editors place the pieces within their historical and social settings.
Main Description
This volume consists of new translations of twenty-six representative selections from the belle époque, the period of cultural efflorescence in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century France. These pieces have a remarkably modern sound; the anger of Nelly Roussel, the arguments for reproductive freedom, and the case histories of prostitutes transcend time and circumstance. Chosen from newspapers, speeches, novels, political tracts, and the like, these selections portray the range of feminist response to the prevailing social situation of women--from the generally meliorist position of the Christian feminists to the radical stances of socialist and utopian feminists. The works of authors well known at the turn of the century are interspersed with stories of the lives of some of society's victims. The selections are organized thematically: education, work, prostitution and the double standard, marriage and male-female relations, maternity, and political and civil rights. In the volume introduction and in introductions to each selection, the editors place the pieces within their historical and social settings. Jennifer Waelti-Walters is the director of women's studies and a professor of French at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. She is the author of Feminist Novelists of the Belle Epoque: Love as a Lifestyle. Steven C. Hause is a professor of history and a Fellow of the Center for International Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has written, with Anne R. Kenney, Women's Suffrage and Social Politics in the French Third Republic, and Hubertine Auclert The French Suffragette.
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This volume consists of new translations of twenty-six representative selections from the belle epoque, the period of cultural efflorescence in late nineteenth-and early twentieth-century France. These pieces have a remarkably modern sound; the anger of Nelly Roussel, the arguments for reproductive freedom, and the case histories of prostitutes transcend time and circumstance.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
The Situation of Women
She Who Is Always Sacrificedp. 18
The State of the Feminist Question in France in 1907p. 43
"The Feminist Movement in France: Public Opinion"p. 59
Education
Marcelle Tinayre on the ideal education for womenp. 68
"The Education of Women's Will"p. 74
Gabrielle Reval on the struggles of educated womenp. 86
Louise-Marie Compain on the development of the education of womenp. 94
Charles Thiebaux on the pedagogical emancipation of womenp. 96
A Feminist Education for Girlsp. 101
Work
Clotilde Dissard on the protection of women's workp. 120
Marie Bonnevial on the rights of working womenp. 123
"The Consequences of Woman's Work"p. 134
Helene Brion on feminist and socialist views of working womenp. 147
Prostitution and the Double Standard
Ghenia Avril de Sainte-Croix on prostitutes as female serfsp. 169
Case Studies of Belle Epoque Prostitutesp. 177
"One Morality for Both Sexes"p. 184
Marriage and Male-Female Relations
Hubertine Auclert on marriage and the lawp. 192
Leopold Lacour on complete male-female equalityp. 198
Louise-Marie Compain on equality within a marriagep. 202
Colette Yver on the double standard in careers and marriagep. 211
Issues of Maternity
Marcelle Tinayre on unmarried mothers and institutionalized pregnancyp. 218
Lucie Delarue-Mardrus on rape and illegitimate birthp. 228
Nelly Roussel on birth control and "The Freedom of Motherhood"p. 242
Madeleine Pelletier on the right to abortionp. 253
Political and Civic Rights
Hubertine Auclert on the political rights of womenp. 266
Nelly Roussel on creating women citizensp. 278
Appendix 1: Feminist Periodicals of the Belle Epoque, 1890-1914p. 295
Appendix 2: Other Translations of Feminist Writings from the Belle Epoquep. 298
Bibliographyp. 303
Indexp. 321
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