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Gender and Fascism in Modern France
     

Gender and Fascism in Modern France

by Melanie Hawthorne (Editor), Richard J. Golsan (Editor)
 

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While the relationship between gender and fascism has been fully explored in studies of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, attitudes toward women in the reactionary politics of post-revolutionary France have received little scholarly attention. This collection looks at right-wing ideology and its relation to gender in a variety of historical and cultural contexts,

Overview

While the relationship between gender and fascism has been fully explored in studies of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, attitudes toward women in the reactionary politics of post-revolutionary France have received little scholarly attention. This collection looks at right-wing ideology and its relation to gender in a variety of historical and cultural contexts, including women's writing, children's stories, film, books, magazines, and propaganda pieces. The volume addresses the question of whether fascism's stereotype as "a pathologically masculine" ideology is indeed true. Essays explore topics like women and anti-Semitism during the Dreyfus affair, Genet and the fantasy of homo-fascism, gendered eugenics, and female icons during the Vichy period. Locating the intersection of gender and the right, the editors explain, significantly alters traditional perspectives on French culture in this century, thereby bringing to light not only new objects of study but challenging a priori assumptions about France's cultural politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874518146
Publisher:
Dartmouth College Press
Publication date:
05/01/1997
Series:
Contemporary French Culture and Society
Pages:
239
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

MELANIE HAWTHORNE is Associate Professor of French at Texas A&M University.

RICHARD J. GOLSAN, Professor of French at Texas A&M, also edited two UPNE books, Memory, the Holocaust, and French Justice (1996), and Fascism, Aesthetics, and Culture (1992).

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