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

By: Smart, Annie K, 1962-Material type: TextTextPublisher: Newark : Lanham, Md. : University of Delaware Press ; Co-published with Rowman & Littlefield Pub. Group, c2013Description: xii, 259 p. : ill. ; 23 cmISBN: 1611494788 (pbk. : alk. paper); 1611493542 (cloth : alk. paper)Other title: Women and the ideal of citizenship in eighteenth-century FranceSubject(s): Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778. Emile | Mercier, Louis-Sébastien, 1740-1814. An deux mille quatre cent quarante | Genlis, Stéphanie Félicité, comtesse de, 1746-1830. Adèle et Théodore | Gouges, Olympe de, 1748-1793 | Women -- France -- Social conditions -- 18th century | Citizenship -- France -- History -- 18th century | French literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism | Women in literature | France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Women | France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Literature and the revolution | France -- History -- 18th centuryDDC classification: 305.40944/09033 LOC classification: HQ1613 | .S53 2013Other classification: 8,2
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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Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-253) and index.

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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CHOICE Review

Smart (Saint Louis Univ.) convincingly demonstrates how the concept citoyenne is consequential. She affirms civic identity for 18th-century French women and disagrees with interpretations that privilege voting rights, political or commercial status, or "binary" thinking, i.e., private versus public, female versus male, or domestic versus nondomestic "spaces." Using mainly published material, the author focuses on the late ancien regime (1760-89) and part of the revolutionary era (1789-94). Smart employs a chronological approach as she "rereads" Rousseau's Emile (1762), "rethinks" Louis-Sebastien Mercier's novel L'an 2440 (1771), and presents Felicite de Genlis's Adele et Theodore (1782) as counterweight to classic Rousseau. Smart's definition of citizenship is broad and stresses diverse modes of civic participation. The chapters devoted to revolutionary France cover Olympe de Gouges's political writings (1788-91), art and polemics, and vaudeville plays (1794). For Smart, citoyenne is a valid female identity anchored in a multilayered home that is both civic and domestic. Like Jennifer Ngaire Heuer (The Family and the Nation, CH, May'06), Smart creates wonderful "spaces" of provocative debate about citizenship and reassessment. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Advanced undergraduates and above. L. A. Rollo formerly, York College of Pennsylvania and Millersville University

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Annie K. Smart is associate professor of French studies at Saint Louis University.

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