France and Women, 1789-1914: Gender, Society and Politics

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Overview

France and Women, 1789-1914 is the first book to offer an authoritative account of women's history throughout the nineteenth century. James McMillan, author of the seminal work Housewife or Harlot, offers a major reinterpretation of the French past in relation to gender throughout these tumultuous decades of revolution and war.
This book provides a challenging discussion of the factors which made French political culture so profoundly sexist and in particular, it shows that many of the myths about progress and emancipation associated with modernisation and the coming of mass politics do not stand up to close scrutiny. It also reveals the conservative nature of the republican left and of the ingrained belief throughout french society that women should remain within the domestic sphere. James McMillan considers the role played by French men and women in the politics, culture and society of their country throughout the 1800s.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415226035
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

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Preface
Introduction
Pt. I (1789-1815): Redefining Women's sphere 1
1 Defining womanhood: the legacy of the Enlightenment 3
2 The rights of man and the rights of woman: women and the French Revolution 15
3 Revolutionary aftermath: the reconstruction of the gender order 32
Pt. II (1815-50): Public man, private woman? 45
4 'Angels of the hearth'? leisured ladies and the limits of domesticity 47
5 Labouring women: work, family and community in the classes populaires 63
6 Femmes nouvelles: feminists, socialists and republicans in the Romantic era 79
Pt. III (1850-80): Discourses on 'woman' 95
7 Femininity: constructions, consequence, control 97
8 Representations of the ouvriere: the discourse on female labour 110
9 Reformulating the 'woman question': from literary polemics to organised feminism 121
Pt. IV (1880-1914): Gender relations in Crisis? 139
10 A new Eve? bourgeois women in the belle epoque 141
11 Gender at work: women workers and the sexual division of labour 160
12 In search of citizenship: feminists and women's suffrage 188
Epilogue: France and feminism 217
Notes 231
Bibliography 258
Index 280
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