Item Code: IDE620
Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd.
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French Feminism has a long history stretching back at least to the Middle Ages, where we see evidence of women denouncing inequality and the unjust subordination of their sex. In the late 1960s and early 1970s of the twentiety century, however, one finds a radical break with the feminism that preceded it. Marked by a libertarian culture influenced by Marxism, socialism and psychoanalysis, the feminism the began in the 1970s rejected the reformist and legal vision of women's emancipation politicized the private sphere, and demanded social and political equality.
This remarkable anthology of 36 texts, freshly translated for this volume, vividly maps the terrain of French feminism in its contemporary context from the 1970s onwards. Bringing together the seminal writings of both scholars and activists, the volume will help readers to grasp the questions, the challenges, and the progress of reflection. The essays are divided into eight sections:
Given its unique comparative framework and wide-ranging coverage, this volume will attract the attention of students and scholars in the fields of feminism, gender and women's studies, sociology, history, literature, anthropology, and Philosophy.
About the Author:
Danielle Haase-Dubosc is Associate Adjunct Professor in French Literature and Director of studies at Columbia University Centre in Paris.
Mary E. John is Associate Professor, Women's Studies Programme, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Marcelle Marini is Professor Emeritus at the Universite de Paris VII.
Rama Melkote is Vice President of the Anveshi Research Centre for Women's Studies, Hyderabad.
Susie Tharu is Professor at the School of Critical Humanities, and also Head of the Department of Literature, Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages. Hyderabad.
|Indian and French Feminisms: A Common Introduction for Two Feminist Locations||10|
|An Introduction by the French Editors||17|
|I||The Women's Liberation Movement in France|
|1.||Introduction to Women Are Becoming Headstrong by Simone de Beauvoir||33|
|2.||A French Feminism by Francoise Picq||35|
|3.||Lesbian Groups in the Parisian Feminist Movement: Positions and Problems, 1970-1982 by Claudie Lesselier||43|
|4.||Lesbianism and Feminism: The Stakes of Freedom by Marie-jo Bonnet||45|
|5.||When Speaking and Writing Was Every Women's Business by Beatrice Slama||56|
|II||Women and Creativity|
|1.||Stifled Creation by Suzanne More and Jeanne Soquet||73|
|2.||From the Scene of the Subconscious to the Stage of History: A Writer's Path by Helene Cixous||87|
|3.||Prologue to the French Edition of Djuna Barnes's La PassionbyMonique Witting||104|
|4.||Balzac's Little Sister by Christine Plante||111|
|5.||From Minority Creation to Universal Creation by Marcelle Marini||122|
|III||Writing History/Rewriting History|
|1.||The Rights of Women by Olympe de Geoges||141|
|2.||Democracy Without Women: A Basic History of a French Specificity by Michelle Perrot||148|
|3.||The Misleading University of the 1789 Revolution by Elizabeth Sledziewski||155|
|4.||On the Nature of Women and its Compatibility with the Exercise of Power in Seventeenth Century France by Danielle Haase-Dubose||163|
|5.||On Political History and Power: From Positivism to Michel Foucault by Michelle Riot-Sarcey||173|
|1.||The Twin Evils of the Veil byGhaiss Jasser||196|
|2.||An Interview with Souad Benani by Gita Srinivasan||215|
|3.||Foreign Women in France byMalika Bentaib||223|
|4.||Women and Poverty by Francoise Dasques||231|
|5.||Sexism and Racism: Reference and Dominant by Marie-Josephe Dhavernas||241|
|V||Legal Bodies/Women's Bodies|
|1.||The League of Women's Rights by Anne Zelinski||255|
|2.||Can There Be a Gendered Social Contract? By Regine Dhoquois||259|
|3.||New Reproductive Techniques: From Difference to Inequality by Helene Rouch||272|
|4.||The European Conference on Trafficking in Women: Towards the Legal Recognition of Procuring by Marie-Victoire Louis||276|
|VI||Occupying/Capturing Political Space|
|1.||The MLF's Contribution to the Political Scene: An Unacknowledged Debt by Mariette Sineau||295|
|2.||From Non-segregation to Parity by Francoise Gaspard||304|
|3.||A Political Journey by Huguette Bouchardeau||315|
|4.||Parity Or Non-segregation (Mixite)? By Helena Hirata, Daniele Kergoat, Michelle Riot-Sarcey andEleni Varikas||322|
|VII||Feminism Defetishize Theory|
|1.||From Existentialism to The Second Sex by Michele le Docuff||333|
|2.||The End of a Misogynist Parade: Lacanian Psychoanalysis by Catherine Baliteau||344|
|3.||The Philosopher in Drag or the Feminine Without Women by Francoise Collin||355|
|4.||Feminism, Modernity, Post-modernism: For a Dialogue across the Ocean by Eleni Varikas||364|
|1.||Feminism Identity: Biology or Social Conditioning? By Luce Irigaray||386|
|2.||Thinking Gender: What are the Problems? ByChristine Delphy||392|
|3.||When Yienlding Does Not Mean Consenting byNicolo-Claude Mathieu||407|
|4.||Women and Social Theory by Colette Guillaumin||423|
|About the Editors, Contributors and Translator||434|