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Studies on the History of Society and Culture #38: The New Biography

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The New Biography looks at the life stories of eight famous women in nineteenth-century France who became public figures even though they lived in a society that did not encourage women to speak out publicly. All of these women—activists, writers, and philosophers—became controversial figures who challenged conventional notions of femininity in their time. By showing how these women deliberately created their public lives, Jo Burr Margadant and her colleagues demonstrate the rich rewards of the new methods in biography.

In her introduction Margadant gives a brilliant explanation of the new biography and how it fits into recent and current debates about the writing of history. Each essay that follows connects the lives of the women it discusses with major themes in French history. The famous activist Flora Tristan, the feminist journalist Marguerite Durand, and a leading advocate of birth control, Nelly Roussell, are just a few of the fascinating women brought to life in this book.

Because these stories often expose the cracks in what has been seen as a monolithic separation of gendered spheres in nineteenth-century bourgeois France, they challenge historians to rethink assumptions about the history of this period. The New Biography thus joins a body of work that brings women from the margins of the historical record into history's mainstream.

Synopsis:

This collection offers new perspectives on the lives of eight famous women in nineteenth century France. Their stories are used as a starting point through which the contributing authors experiment with what is called "the new biography."

About the Author

Jo Burr Margadant is Associate Professor of History at Santa Clara University. She is author of the prizewinning Madame le Professeur: Women Educators in the Third Republic (1990).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520221413
Editor:
Margadant, Jo Burr
Publisher:
University of California Press
Editor:
Margadant, Jo Burr
Author:
Margadant, Jo Burr
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
General
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
France
Subject:
Women in politics
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Feminists
Subject:
Women authors, French
Subject:
Motherhood in popular culture
Subject:
Women authors, French -- 19th century.
Subject:
Feminists -- France.
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
World History-France
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Studies on the History of Society and Culture
Series Volume:
88838
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 b/w photographs
Pages:
308
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.88 in 1.01 lb

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