Rebel Daughters: Women and the French Revolution by Sara E. Melzer, Leslie W. Rabine

By Sara E. Melzer, Leslie W. Rabine

This interdisciplinary choice of essays examines the $64000 and paradoxical relation among girls and the French Revolution. even supposing the male leaders of the Revolution relied on the women's energetic militant participation, they denied to girls the rights they helped to set up. even as that girls have been banned from the political sphere, "woman" used to be remodeled into an allegorical determine which grew to become the very image of (masculine) Liberty and Equality. This quantity analyzes how the innovative procedure developed a brand new gender approach on the starting place of recent liberal tradition.

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Yet, as I have argued elsewhere, the revolution marks the point of a dramatic shift away from the iconic, visual order of representation of the absolutist public sphere to a new masculine, symbolic, discursive order of writing, the law, speech and its proclamation. The system of visual representation was not abandoned, nor was it entirely powerless and irrelevant; but it was certainly dethroned. In the new symbolic order wrought by the bourgeois revolution, the old hierarchy between icon and sign was reversed.

Robert Hurley (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982), 6. Cf. Albert Soboul, Le proces de Louis XVI(Paris: Collection Archives Juillard, 1966); Carol Blum, Rousseau and the Republic of Virtue: The Language of Politics in the French Revolution (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1986), 169-81; David P. Jordan, The King's Trial: Louis XVI vs. the French Revolution (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979); Regicide and Revolution: Speeches at the Trial of Louis XVI, ed. and intro. by Michael Walzer, trans.

7 Moreover, his novels were widely read and extremely popular: Une annee de la vie du chevalier de Faublas went through at least six French editions and more in German and English. Although we have scarce indication of just how the men and women of 1787 read Une annee de la vie du chevalier de Faublas, it is likely they found sentiments in the text that if not mirroring their own, at least were not overtly contradicting them. Louvet occupied not only the literary mainstream, but also the political center.

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