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Beyond French Feminisms : Debates on Women, Culture and Politics in France 1980-2001 - Roger Celestin

Beyond French Feminisms

Debates on Women, Culture and Politics in France 1980-2001

By: Roger Celestin (Editor), Eliane DalMolin (Editor), Isabelle de Courtivron (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd May 2003
ISBN: 9780312240400
Number Of Pages: 311

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What's new in French feminism at the beginning of the 21st century? How did France, within a decade, change from one of the most backward European societies in terms of women's representation in the political sphere, into one of the most progressive in this area? What are French and Francophone women up to in the arts and literature? The essays in this volume, written by the most prominent personalities in the field, examine some of the new issues that have arisen in French society in the past twenty years. In general, these essays reflect the shift from the literary and psychoanalytic approaches that characterized French feminism twenty years ago, to the more social and political questions of today. Some of the topics include the "parity" and "PACS" debates, the France-USA exchanges, the issue of "multiculturalism," the new historical approaches, and the most recent trends in literature and film by women, among others.

"...drawing upon politics, society, and the arts, this book skillfully traces the progress made by women in France and points the way to further advances in the 21st century. An indispensable reference work for Women's Studies programs, this informative volume also addresses the interested non-specialists." - Michele Sarde, Georgetown University

Permissionsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Politics and Society
The Turning Point of Feminism: Against the Effacement of Womenp. 17
Symbolic Violencep. 23
The Politics of PaCS in a Transatlantic Mirror: Same-Sex Unions and Sexual Difference in France Todayp. 27
Women's History after the Law on Parityp. 39
Exclusive Democracy: A French Paradigmp. 51
The Headscarf and the Republicp. 61
The Feminization of Professional Names: An Outrage against Masculinityp. 69
The Politics of Reproductionp. 77
Sexualities on Paradep. 87
The Bitch Manifesto, March 8, 1999p. 93
New Gendered Mosaics: Their Mothers, the Gaulsp. 97
Parite in Politics: From a Radical Idea to Consensual Reformp. 113
Arts and Literature
Francophone Women Writers in France in the Ninetiesp. 129
Body as Subject: Four Contemporary Women Artistsp. 143
Unmasked!p. 155
The Nieces of Marguerite: Novels by Women at the Turn of the Twenty-First Centuryp. 161
The Doorway of the World: Women in Contemporary French-Language Poetryp. 177
Profile of a Filmmaker: Catherine Breillatp. 201
French Women Making Films in the 1990sp. 213
France--USA
Women: A French Singularity?p. 225
"The French Exception"
"Vive la difference!"
"Counting the Days"
Lacan and American Feminism: Who Is the Analyst?p. 239
The Symptom of "American-Style Feminism"p. 247
Made in America: "French Feminism" in Academiap. 261
About the Contributorsp. 285
Bibliographyp. 289
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ISBN: 9780312240400
ISBN-10: 0312240406
Series: St Martins Press
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 311
Published: 2nd May 2003
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1