- Series: University of California Humanities Research Institute Series
- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (May 21, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019507016X
- ISBN-13: 978-0195070163
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
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Rebel Daughters: Women and the French Revolution (University of California Humanities Research Institute Series)
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"A wide ranging set of essays for anyone interested in the impact of the French Revolution on women and their lives."--Barbara B. Davis, Antioch College
"This volume could be quite usefully assigned to advance undergraduates and graduate students."--The Historian
"Provides a fascinating look at the French Revolution from the perspective of a group of distinguished feminist literary critics, historians, and political theorists....Rebel Daughters, in short, is a rich and compelling source of information on women and the French Revolution. There is something important to be learned and understood in each and every one of its essays. Anyone interested in women's history, the history of the French Revolution, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art, feminist theory and politics, and cultural studies should have this volume on her bookshelf."--Eighteenth-Century Studies
"Instructive and stimulating for anyone doing historical work."--European Romantic Review
"[An] excellent collection....So much has been written in recent years on the symbolic meanings of femininity before and during the Revolution that one turns with some relief to the set of essays which deal with the actions and writings of real women during the upheaval....Rebel Daughters stands out among collective volumes for the high quality and overall coherence among its essays."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History
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This interdisciplinary collection of essays examines many facets of the important and paradoxical relation between women and the French Revolution. Recent research has unearthed evidence that women of all classes participated actively in the French Revolution, demanding bread for their families, and fighting for the same rights of equality and liberty that men claimed for themselves. The authors contend that although the male leaders of the Revolution depended on the women's active militant participation, they denied to them the rights women helped to establish. At the same time that women were being banned from the political sphere, "woman" was transformed into an allegorical figure which became the very symbol of (masculine) Liberty and Equality. Bringing together the work of historians and literary critics, this book's multidisciplinary approach provides readers with diverse interpretations of representations of history and culture. Containing the work of some of the most distinguished feminist scholars working today, "Rebel Daughters" analyzes how the revolutionary process constructed a new gender system at the very foundation of modern liberal culture. This compelling study will be essential reading for students and scholars of French literature, history, art history, and political theory.
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