Surmounting the Barricades: Women in the Paris Commune

Surmounting the Barricades: Women in the Paris Commune

by Carolyn J. Eichner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253344425

ISBN-13: 9780253344427

Pub. Date: 11/28/2004

Publisher: Indiana University Press

This study of three important female leaders of revolutionary Paris shows how feminisms influenced the social and political events of the time. Carolyn J. Eichner vividly evokes radical women's roles within France's revolutionary civil war known as the Paris Commune. She demonstrates the breadth, depth, and impact of communard feminist socialisms far beyond the 1871

Overview

This study of three important female leaders of revolutionary Paris shows how feminisms influenced the social and political events of the time. Carolyn J. Eichner vividly evokes radical women's roles within France's revolutionary civil war known as the Paris Commune. She demonstrates the breadth, depth, and impact of communard feminist socialisms far beyond the 1871 insurrection. Examining the period from the early 1860s through that century's end, Eichner investigates how radical women developed critiques of gender, class, and religious hierarchies in the immediate pre-Commune era, how these ideologies emerged as a plurality of feminist socialisms within the revolution, and how these varied politics subsequently affected fin-desiecle gender and class relations. She focuses on three distinctly dissimilar revolutionary women leaders who exemplify multiple competing and complementary feminist socialisms: Andre Leo, Elisabeth Dmitrieff, and Paule Mink. Leo theorized and educated through journalism and fiction, Dmitrieff organized institutional power for working-class women, and Mink agitated crowds to create an egalitarian socialist world. Each woman forged her own path to gender equality and social justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253344427
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
Part IBefore
1The Actors and the Action17
2Politics and Ideas: Staging the Struggle36
Part IIDuring
3Elisabeth Dmitrieff and the Union des femmes Revolutionizing Women's Labor69
4Andre Leo and the Subversion of Gender The Battle over Women's Place97
5Paule Mink and the Clubistes Anti-Clericalism and Popular Revolution129
Part IIIAfter
6Dmitrieff and Leo in the Aftermath Radical Denouement153
7Mink in the Aftermath The Red Flag and the Future179
Conclusion202
Notes213
Bibliography255
Index273

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >