In 1830s Paris, the working-class women of the Saint-Simonian movement organized the first separatist women's movement. In this volume Moses and Rabine translate Saint-Simonienne documents previously unavailable in English and examine notions of "text" and "context" by drawing on feminist theory to link critical theory and social history. This provocative study questions the representation of "reality," the recovery of historical experience, and the extent to which the author preexists the text.
I. Introduction II. "Difference" in Historical Perspective: Saint-Simonian Feminism Claire Goldberg Moses III. Feminist Texts and Feminine Subjects Leslie Wahl Rabine
IV. Suzanne Voilquin, Memories of a Daughter of the People V. Claire Demar, My Law of the Future VI. Flora Tristan, Peregrinations of a Pariah VII. Letters: Claire Bazard, Cecile Fournel, Clorinde Roge, Claire Demar, Pauline Roland, Suzanne Voilquin VIII. Tribune des femmes
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CLAIRE GOLDBERG MOSES is Professor and Director of Women's Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, and editor and manager of Feminist Studies. She is author of French Feminism in the Nineteenth Century, which won the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in 1985. LESLIE WAHL RABINE is Professor of French and Director of Women's Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She is author of Reading the Romantic Heroine: Text, History, Ideology, which won the Alice and Edith Hamilton Prize in 1985, and co-editor with Sara E. Melzer of Rebel Daughters: Women and the French Revolution.