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French Feminism
An Indian Anthology

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Feminist Theory

January 2003 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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. This absorbing volume gives voice to the extraordinary range of contemporary 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.
 
PART ONE: THE WOMEN'S LIBERATION MOVEMENT IN FRANCE
 
Introduction
Simone de Beauvoir
Introduction to Women Are Becoming Headstrong
Fran[ci]coise Picq
A French Feminism
Claude Lesselier
Lesbian Groups in the Parisian Feminist Movement
Positions and Problems, 1970-1982  
Marie-Jo Bonnet
Lesbianism and Feminism
The Stakes of Freedom  
Beatrice Slama
When Speaking and Writing Was Every Woman's Business...
 
PART TWO: WOMEN AND CREATIVITY
 
Introduction
Suzanne More and Jeanne Soquet
Stifled Creation
H[ac]el[ge]ene Cixous
From the Scene of the Subconscious to the Stage of History
A Writer's Path  
Monique Wittig
Prologue to the French Edition of Djuna Barnes's La Passion
Christine Plant[ac]e
Balzac's Little Sister
Marcelle Marini
From Minority Creation to Universal Creation
 
PART THREE: WRITING HISTORY/REWRITING HISTORY
 
Introduction
Olympe de Gouges
The Rights of Woman
Michelle Perrot
Democracy without Women
A Basic History of a French Specificity  
Elizabeth Sledziewski
The Misleading Universality of the 1789 Revolution
Danielle Haase-Dubosc
On the Nature of Women and Its Compatibility with the Exercise of Power in Seventeenth Century France
Michelle Riot-Sarcey
On Political History and Power
From Positivism to Michel Foucault  
 
PART FOUR: INTEGRATION/EXCLUSION: RACE/CLASS/GENDER
 
Introduction
Ghaiss Jasser
The Twin Evils of the Veil
Gita Srinivasan
An Interview with Souad Benani
Malika Bentaib
Foreign Women in France
Fran[ci]coise Dasques
Women and Poverty
Marie-Jos[gr]ephe Dhavernas
Sexism and Racism
Referent and Dominant  
 
PART FIVE: LEGAL BODIES/WOMEN'S BODIES
 
Introduction
Anne Zelinski
The League of Women's Rights
R[ac]egine Dhoquois
Can There Be a Gendered Social Contract?
H[ac]el[gr]ene Rouch
New Reproductive Techniques
From Difference to Inequality  
Marie-Victoire Louis
The European Conference on Trafficking in Women
Towards the Legal Recognition of Procuring  
 
PART SIX: OCCUPYING/CAPTURING POLITICAL SPACE
 
Introduction
Mariette Sineau
The MLF's Contribution to the Political Scene
An Unacknowledged Debt  
Fran[ci]coise Gaspard
From Non-Segregation to Parity
Huguette Bouchardeau
A Political Journey
Helena Hirata et al
Parity or Non-Segregation (Mixit[ac]e)?
 
PART SEVEN: FEMINISTS DEFETISHIZE THEORY
 
Introduction
Mich[gr]ele le Doeuff
From Existentialism to The Second Sex
Catherine Baliteau
The End of a Misogynist Parade
Lacanian Psychoanalysis  
Fran[ci]coise Collin
The Philosopher in Drag or the Feminine without Women
Eleni Varikas
Feminism, Modernity, Postmodernism
For a Dialogue across the Ocean  
 
PART EIGHT: FEMINIST MAPPINGS
 
Introduction
Luce Irigaray
Feminine Identity
Biology or Social Conditioning?  
Christine Delphy
Thinking Gender
What Are the Problems?  
Nicole-Claude Mathieu
When Yielding Does Not Mean Consenting
Colette Guillaumin
Women and Social Theory

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