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French Feminism: An Indian Anthology
French Feminism: An Indian Anthology
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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:

  • 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.

 

CONTENTS

 

I Acknowledgements 8
  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  
  Introduction 29
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  
  Introduction 69
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  
  Introduction 137
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
IV Integration/Exclusion: Race/Class/Gender  
  Introduction 193
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  
  Introduction 151
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  
  Introduction 291
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  
  Introduction 329
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
VIII Feminist Mappings  
  Introduction 383
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
  Index 439

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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.

 

CONTENTS

 

I Acknowledgements 8
  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  
  Introduction 29
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  
  Introduction 69
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  
  Introduction 137
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
IV Integration/Exclusion: Race/Class/Gender  
  Introduction 193
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  
  Introduction 151
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  
  Introduction 291
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  
  Introduction 329
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
VIII Feminist Mappings  
  Introduction 383
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
  Index 439

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