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Reason's Muse: Sexual Difference and the Birth of Democracy (Women in Culture & Society)

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The French Revolution proclaimed the equality of all human beings, yet women remained less than equal in the new society. The exclusion of women at the birth of modern democracy required considerable justification, and by tracing the course of this reasoning through early nineteenth-century texts, Genevieve Fraisse maps a moment of crisis in the history of sexual difference.

Through an analysis of literary, religious, legal, philosophical, and medical texts, Fraisse links a range of positions on women's proper role in society to specific historical and rhetorical circumstances. She shows how the Revolution marked a sharp break in the way women were represented in language, as traditional bantering about the "war of the sexes" gave way to serious discussions of the political and social meanings of sexual difference. Following this discussion on three different planes—the economical, the political, and the biological—Fraisse looks at the exclusion of women against the backdrop of democracy's inevitable lie: the affirmation of an equality so abstract it was impossible to concretely apply.

This study of the place of sexual equality in the founding moment of democracy offers insight into a persistent question: whether female emancipation is to be found through the achievement of equality with men or in the celebration of female difference.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-202) and index.

About the Author

Geneviève Fraisse is the director of research in philosophy at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and a specialist in the history of women.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword

Catharine R. Stimpson

Foreword

Joan W. Scott

Introduction: Troubled Reason

Ch. 1: La Querelle

Ch. 2: The Fine Mind

Ch. 3: The Weakness of the Species

Ch. 4: The Politics of the Exception

Ch. 5: Women's Soul

Ch. 6: History and Rhetoric: From the Querelle to the Impossible Trial

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226259703
Translator:
Todd, Jane Marie
Author:
Todd, Jane Marie
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Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
France
Subject:
Women's rights
Subject:
Sex differences
Subject:
France History 1789-1900.
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series
Series Volume:
SCS/79/WP/85
Publication Date:
19940531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
226
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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