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Disruptive acts : the new woman in fin-de-siècle France

Author: Mary Louise Roberts
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, ©2002.
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"In fin-de-siecle France, politics were in an uproar, and gender roles blurred as never before. Into this maelstrom stepped the "new woman," a group of primarily urban, middle-class French women who became the objects of intense public scrutiny. Some remained single, some entered non-traditional marriages, and some took up with the professions of medicine and law, journalism and teaching. All of them challenged  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Marguerite Durand; Sarah Bernhardt; Gyp; Séverine; Alfred Dreyfus; Marguerite Durand; Sarah Bernhardt; Gyp; Séverine; Alfred Dreyfus; Sarah Bernhardt; Alfred Dreyfus; Marguerite Durand; Gyp; Séverine
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Louise Roberts
ISBN: 0226721248 9780226721248 9780226721255 0226721256
OCLC Number: 49350469
Description: xi, 353 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The New Woman --
Acting Up --
Subversive Copy --
The New Woman and the Jew --
Caught in the Act --
The Fantastic Sarah Bernhardt --
Cabotines to the Core.
Responsibility: Mary Louise Roberts.
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"In fin-de-siecle France, politics were in an uproar, and gender roles blurred as never before. Into this maelstrom stepped the "new woman," a group of primarily urban, middle-class French women who became the objects of intense public scrutiny. Some remained single, some entered non-traditional marriages, and some took up with the professions of medicine and law, journalism and teaching. All of them challenged traditional notions of womanhood by living unconventional lives and doing supposedly "masculine" work outside the home." "Mary Louise Roberts examines a constellation of famous new women active in journalism and the theater, including Marguerite Durand, founder of the women's newpaper La Fronde; the journalists Severine and Gyp; and the actress Sarah Bernhardt. Roberts demonstrates how the tolerance for play acting in both these arenas allowed new women to stage acts that profoundly disrupted accepted gender roles. The existence of La Fronde itself was such an act, because it demonstrated that women could write just as well about the same subjects as men - even about the volatile Dreyfus Affair. When female reporters for La Fronde put on disguises to get a scoop or wrote under a pseudonym, and when actresses played men on stage, they demonstrated that gender identities were not fixed or natural, but inherently unstable. Thanks to the adventures of new women like these, conventional domestic femininity was exposed as a choice, not a destiny."--Jacket.

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