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French Feminism: An Indian Anthology

French Feminism: An Indian Anthology


Item Code: IDE620

by Ed. By: Danielle Haase-Dubosc, Mary E. John, Marcelle Marini, Rama Melkote, Susie Tharu

Paperback (Edition: 2003)

Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN 0761997865

Language: English
Size: 8.6" X 5.6"
Pages: 448
Weight of the Book: 430 gms
Price: $31.50
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From the Jacket:

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:

  • The women's Liberation Movement in France
  • Women and Creativity
  • Writing History/Rewriting History
  • Race, Class, Gender
  • Legal Bodies/Women's Bodies
  • Occupying/Capturing Political Space
  • Feminists Defetishize Theory
  • Feminist Mappings
Overall, this absorbing volume gives voice to the extraordinary range of contemporary in French feminism. Each section is preceded by an introduction which places the contributions in their material and social contexts to show how French feminism has evolved in response to concrete struggles and institutional constraints as much as to sophisticated intellectual discourse.

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 Locations10
An Introduction by the French Editors17
IThe Women's Liberation Movement in France
1. Introduction to Women Are Becoming Headstrong by Simone de Beauvoir33
2. A French Feminism by Francoise Picq35
3. Lesbian Groups in the Parisian Feminist Movement: Positions and Problems, 1970-1982 by Claudie Lesselier43
4. Lesbianism and Feminism: The Stakes of Freedom by Marie-jo Bonnet45
5. When Speaking and Writing Was Every Women's Business…by Beatrice Slama56
IIWomen and Creativity
1. Stifled Creation by Suzanne More and Jeanne Soquet73
2. From the Scene of the Subconscious to the Stage of History: A Writer's Path by Helene Cixous87
3. Prologue to the French Edition of Djuna Barnes's La PassionbyMonique Witting104
4. Balzac's Little Sister by Christine Plante111
5. From Minority Creation to Universal Creation by Marcelle Marini122
IIIWriting History/Rewriting History
1. The Rights of Women by Olympe de Geoges141
2. Democracy Without Women: A Basic History of a French Specificity by Michelle Perrot148
3. The Misleading University of the 1789 Revolution by Elizabeth Sledziewski155
4. On the Nature of Women and its Compatibility with the Exercise of Power in Seventeenth Century France by Danielle Haase-Dubose163
5. On Political History and Power: From Positivism to Michel Foucault by Michelle Riot-Sarcey173
IVIntegration/Exclusion: Race/Class/Gender
1. The Twin Evils of the Veil byGhaiss Jasser196
2. An Interview with Souad Benani by Gita Srinivasan 215
3. Foreign Women in France byMalika Bentaib223
4. Women and Poverty by Francoise Dasques231
5. Sexism and Racism: Reference and Dominant by Marie-Josephe Dhavernas241
VLegal Bodies/Women's Bodies
1. The League of Women's Rights by Anne Zelinski255
2. Can There Be a Gendered Social Contract? By Regine Dhoquois 259
3. New Reproductive Techniques: From Difference to Inequality by Helene Rouch272
4. The European Conference on Trafficking in Women: Towards the Legal Recognition of Procuring by Marie-Victoire Louis276
VIOccupying/Capturing Political Space
1. The MLF's Contribution to the Political Scene: An Unacknowledged Debt by Mariette Sineau295
2. From Non-segregation to Parity by Francoise Gaspard304
3. A Political Journey by Huguette Bouchardeau315
4. Parity Or Non-segregation (Mixite)? By Helena Hirata, Daniele Kergoat, Michelle Riot-Sarcey andEleni Varikas322
VIIFeminism Defetishize Theory
1. From Existentialism to The Second Sex by Michele le Docuff333
2. The End of a Misogynist Parade: Lacanian Psychoanalysis by Catherine Baliteau344
3. The Philosopher in Drag or the Feminine Without Women by Francoise Collin355
4. Feminism, Modernity, Post-modernism: For a Dialogue across the Ocean by Eleni Varikas364
VIIIFeminist Mappings
1. Feminism Identity: Biology or Social Conditioning? By Luce Irigaray 386
2. Thinking Gender: What are the Problems? ByChristine Delphy392
3. When Yienlding Does Not Mean Consenting byNicolo-Claude Mathieu407
4. Women and Social Theory by Colette Guillaumin423
About the Editors, Contributors and Translator434

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