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The Resource Citoyennes : women and the ideal of citizenship in eighteenth-century France, Annie K. Smart

Citoyennes : women and the ideal of citizenship in eighteenth-century France, Annie K. Smart

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Citoyennes : women and the ideal of citizenship in eighteenth-century France
Title
Citoyennes
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women and the ideal of citizenship in eighteenth-century France
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Annie K. Smart
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eng
Summary
Did women have a civic identity in eighteenth-century France? In Citoyennes: Women and the Ideal of Citizenship in Eighteenth-Century France, Annie Smart contends that they did. While previous scholarship has emphasized the ideal of domestic motherhood or the image of the republican mother, Smart argues persuasively that many pre-revolutionary and revolutionary texts created another ideal for women <U+0127> � the ideal of civic motherhood. Smart asserts that women were portrayed as possessing civic virtue, and as promoting the values and ideals of the public sphere. Contemporary critics have theorized that the eighteenth-century ideal of the Republic intentionally excluded women from the public sphere. According to this perspective, a discourse of Rousseauean domestic motherhood stripped women of an active civic identity, and limited their role to breastfeeding and childcare. Eighteenth-century France marked thus the division between a male public sphere of political action and a female private sphere of the home. Citoyennes challenges this position and offers an alternative model of female identity. This interdisciplinary study brings together a variety of genres to demonstrate convincingly that women were portrayed as civic individuals. Using foundational texts such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Emile, or on Education (1762), revolutionary gouaches of Lesueur, and vaudeville plays of Year II of the Republic (1793/1794), this study brilliantly shows that in text and image, women were represented as devoted to both the public good and their families. In addition, Citoyennes offers an innovative interpretation of the home. Through re-examining sphere theory, this study challenges the tendency to equate the home with private concerns, and shows that the home can function as a site for both private life and civic identity. Citoyennes breaks new ground, for it both rectifies the ideal of domestic Rousseauean motherhood, and brings a fuller understanding to how female civic identity operated in important French texts and images --
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1962-
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Smart, Annie K.
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305.4094409033
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illustrations
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Literary form
non fiction
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  • Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
  • Mercier, Louis-Sébastien
  • Genlis, Stéphanie Félicité
  • Gouges, Olympe de
  • Women
  • Citizenship
  • French literature
  • Women in literature
  • France
  • France
  • France
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Citoyennes : women and the ideal of citizenship in eighteenth-century France, Annie K. Smart
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-253) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
Re-reading Rousseau's Emile -- Reconceiving the body politic : civic motherhood in Louis-Sébastien Mercier's L'An 2440 -- Educating women : civic virtue in Félicité de Genlis's Adèle et Théodore -- Speaking as a citoyenne : Olympe de Gouges's female civic voice -- Representing the républicaine : art and Jacobin gender politics in the French Revolution -- Staging the citoyenne in French revolutionary theater, Year II of the Republic
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FIEb17508447
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 259 pages
Isbn
9781611493542
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)744295340
Label
Citoyennes : women and the ideal of citizenship in eighteenth-century France, Annie K. Smart
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-253) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Re-reading Rousseau's Emile -- Reconceiving the body politic : civic motherhood in Louis-Sébastien Mercier's L'An 2440 -- Educating women : civic virtue in Félicité de Genlis's Adèle et Théodore -- Speaking as a citoyenne : Olympe de Gouges's female civic voice -- Representing the républicaine : art and Jacobin gender politics in the French Revolution -- Staging the citoyenne in French revolutionary theater, Year II of the Republic
Control code
FIEb17508447
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 259 pages
Isbn
9781611493542
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)744295340

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