Forgotten Engagements: Women, Literature and the Left in by Angela Kershaw

By Angela Kershaw

This learn is the 1st to envision the contribution made by means of ladies writers to politically devoted literature in Nineteen Thirties France. Its function is to deliver to mild the paintings of girl authors of left-wing fiction whose novels are resembling these of recognized male practitioners of 'litt?©rature engag?©e'. It analyses the novels of Madeleine Pelletier, Simone T?©ry, Edith Thomas, Henriette Valet and Louise Weiss within the context of the inter-war versions of dedicated literature relating to which they have been produced. attention of this physique of fictional texts, no longer formerly introduced jointly by way of literary historians, exhibits how ladies have been capable of relate to fiction and to politics in inter-war France. Situating the novels on the subject of their social, old, literary and political surroundings, the e-book makes a huge contribution to the literary and cultural historical past of 20th century France. The research of inter-war political writing via ladies calls into query the standard standards opposed to which women's writing has a tendency to be evaluated by way of feminist scholarship. The e-book will entice readers with an curiosity in women's writing, political writing, and the improvement of French literature within the first 1/2 the 20th century. Contents Acknowledgements Abbreviations advent ladies, Politics and Fiction in Nineteen Thirties France; Gender and style: The Political Novel; Fictional Representations of lady dedication; Politics and feminine Sexuality; Politics and the Maternal physique; end Bibliography Index

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21–74. 69 Martha 34 Forgotten Engagements de l’intelligence, moment postrévolutionnaire, l’épée se transforme logiquement en plume’ (at ������������������������������������������ the moment of supposed transformation from the age of force to the age of intelligence, the post-revolutionary moment, the sword logically becomes the pen),71 it is necessary to keep women away from writing if they are to be kept away from power. Maréchal’s proposed legislation is significant because it is a means of preventing women from gaining access to public life: La lecture est dangereuse en ce qu’elle mène tout droit à l’écriture.

The 1950s and early 1960s, as well as the 1980s, tend to be seen as fallow periods for feminism. The concerns of feminists and politicised women of the inter-war period appear to be much closer to the concerns of their granddaughters engaged in the recent parity debates than to those of their daughters during the 1960s and 1970s. Indeed there is an important distinction to be made between the concerns of the suffragists and the pro-parity lobby on the one hand, and second wave French feminism on the other.

193).  170. 48 ��������������������� Janine Mossuz-Lavau, Femmes/Hommes: Pour la parité, collection La Bibliothèque du citoyen (Paris: Presses de Sciences po, 1997) ����������������� offers a concise account of the parity debates in France up to 1997. 49 Raylene L. Ramsay’s study French Women in Politics has demonstrated the relevance of fiction in the analysis of this struggle. The inter-war texts engage with many of the theoretical questions which underpin modern-day debates about female politicisation and which are far from being resolved.

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