Rebel Daughters: Women and the French Revolution

Paperback | November 1, 1990

EditorSara E. Melzer, Leslie W. Rabine

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This interdisciplinary collection of essays examines the important and paradoxical relation between women and the French Revolution. Although the male leaders of the Revolution depended on the women's active militant participation, they denied to women the rights they helped to establish. Atthe same time that women were banned from the political sphere, "woman" was transformed into an allegorical figure which became the very symbol of (masculine) Liberty and Equality. This volume analyzes how the revolutionary process constructed a new gender system at the foundation of modern liberalculture.

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This interdisciplinary collection of essays examines the important and paradoxical relation between women and the French Revolution. Although the male leaders of the Revolution depended on the women's active militant participation, they denied to women the rights they helped to establish. Atthe same time that women were banned from the...

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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 equa...

Sara E. Melzer, Associate Professor of French, University of California, Los Angeles. Leslie W. Rabine, Professor of French, University of California, Irvine.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.25 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:November 1, 1990Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019507016X

ISBN - 13:9780195070163

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"[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 Daughtersstands out among collective volumes for the high quality and overall coherence among its essays."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History