Rebel Daughters

Rebel Daughters : Women and the French Revolution

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This interdisciplinary collection of essays examines the important and paradoxical relation between women and the French Revolution. Although the male leaders of the Revolution depended on the women's active militant participation, they denied to women the rights they helped to establish. At the same time that women were banned from the political sphere, "woman" was transformed into an allegorical figure which became the very symbol of (masculine) Liberty and Equality. This volume analyzes how the revolutionary process constructed a new gender system at the foundation of modern liberal culture.show more

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  • Paperback | 308 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 24mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones
  • 019507016X
  • 9780195070163

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This interdisciplinary collection of essays examines many facets of the important and paradoxical relation between women and the French Revolution. Recent research has unearthed evidence that women of all classes participated actively in the French Revolution, demanding bread for their families, and fighting for the same rights of equality and liberty that men claimed for themselves. The authors contend that although the male leaders of the Revolution depended on the women's active militant participation, they denied to them the rights women helped to establish. At the same time that women were being banned from the political sphere, "woman" was transformed into an allegorical figure which became the very symbol of (masculine) Liberty and Equality. Bringing together the work of historians and literary critics, this book's multidisciplinary approach provides readers with diverse interpretations of representations of history and culture. Containing the work of some of the most distinguished feminist scholars working today, "Rebel Daughters" analyzes how the revolutionary process constructed a new gender system at the very foundation of modern liberal culture. This compelling study will be essential reading for students and scholars of French literature, history, art history, and political theory.show more

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'an interesting collection of articles by scholars in this expanding field ... it is clearly and usefully referenced and, given the variety of subjects broached, will be of interest to those seekng a starting point for their study of the gender issues relating to this turbulent period.' M.-C. Hardie, The Nottingham Trent University, Journal of Gender Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1, 1994 'it is clearly and usefully referenced and, given the variety of subjects broached, will be of interest to those seeking a starting point for their study of the gender issues relating to this turbulent period' M.-C. Hardie, Nottingham Trent Unievrsity, Journal of Gender Studies, 1994 'This collection of essays offers a substantial and original contribution to the growing body of work about women in the revolutionary era... The authors' methods, subject matter, and concerns are far-ranging, so this timely collection will engage literary scholars, historians, art historians, some political theorists, and of course, scholars of women's studies.' Suzanne Desan, University of Wisconsinshow more

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