New Biography / Edition 1

New Biography / Edition 1

by Jo Burr Margadant
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520221419

ISBN-13: 9780520221413

Pub. Date: 09/04/2000

Publisher: University of California Press


The New Biography looks at the life stories of eight famous women in nineteenth-century France who became public figures even though they lived in a society that did not encourage women to speak out publicly. All of these women—activists, writers, and philosophers—became controversial figures who challenged conventional notions of femininity in…  See more details below

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The New Biography looks at the life stories of eight famous women in nineteenth-century France who became public figures even though they lived in a society that did not encourage women to speak out publicly. All of these women—activists, writers, and philosophers—became controversial figures who challenged conventional notions of femininity in their time. By showing how these women deliberately created their public lives, Jo Burr Margadant and her colleagues demonstrate the rich rewards of the new methods in biography.

In her introduction Margadant gives a brilliant explanation of the new biography and how it fits into recent and current debates about the writing of history. Each essay that follows connects the lives of the women it discusses with major themes in French history. The famous activist Flora Tristan, the feminist journalist Marguerite Durand, and a leading advocate of birth control, Nelly Roussell, are just a few of the fascinating women brought to life in this book.

Because these stories often expose the cracks in what has been seen as a monolithic separation of gendered spheres in nineteenth-century bourgeois France, they challenge historians to rethink assumptions about the history of this period. The New Biography thus joins a body of work that brings women from the margins of the historical record into history's mainstream.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520221413
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/04/2000
Series:
Studies on the History of Society and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Constructing Selves in Historical Perspective1
The Duchesse de Berry and Royalist Political Culture in Postrevolutionary France33
"Playing the Princess": Flora Tristan, Performance, and Female Moral Authority during the July Monarchy72
Republican Women and Republican Families in the Personal Narratives of George Sand, Marie d'Agoult, and Hortense Allart99
Clotilde de Vaux and the Search for Identity137
Acting Up: The Feminist Theatrics of Marguerite Durand171
Private Life, Public Image: Motherhood and Militancy in the Self-Construction of Nelly Roussel, 1900-1922218
Bibliography263
Contributors285
Index287

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