Exquisite Rebel: The Essays of Voltairine de Cleyre - Anarchist, Feminist, Genius [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791485064
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 886 KB

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Foreword
Pt. I Biographical essays : three views of Voltairine de Cleyre
Priestess the pity and vengeance 3
The exquisite rebel : the anarchist life of Voltairine de Cleyre 17
Emma Goldman's 'Voltairine de Cleyre' : a moving but flawed tribute 27
Voltairine de Cleyre 29
Pt. II Loving freedom : anarchism without adjectives
Introduction 47
Why I am an anarchist 51
Anarchism 67
Events are the true schoolmaster 83
Anarchism and American traditions 89
A correction 103
Pt. III Wild freedom : a passion for liberty and justice
Introduction 109
The dominant idea 111
Crime and punishment 125
In defense of Emma Goldman 147
Pt. IV Neither gods nor superstitions : freethought and religion
Introduction 161
The economic tendency of freethought 165
Secular education 179
Pt. V No authority but oneself : the anarchist feminist philosophy of autonomy and freedom
Introduction 191
Those who marry do ill 195
The case of woman versus orthodoxy 207
The woman question 221
Sex slavery 225
The political equality of women 239
Pt. VI Not another brick in the wall : nonauthoritarian education
Introduction 247
Modern educational reform 251
Pt. VII Breaking the chains : changing society through direct action
Introduction 269
Direct action 271
The eleventh of November, 1887 287
Our present attitude 295
McKinley's assassination : from the anarchist standpoint 299
Pt. VIII The political is the personal : anarchist esthetics
Introduction 307
Literature the mirror of man 309
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