9780754638513

Gender and Politics in the Age of Letter-Writing, 17502000

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  • ISBN13:

    9780754638513

  • ISBN10:

    0754638510

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-05-28
  • Publisher: Ashgate (AGH)

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Summary

Letter writers have frequently articulated both the personal politics of the daily routine and the political views of individuals who witness or participate in dramatic events. In addition, letters can be an unusually revealing record of the relations between men and women. The three-dimensional relationship of politics, gender, and letters for the first time receives sustained attention in this volume, in which the gendered nature of political literacy is revealed over a 250-year period. Ranging wide in terms of subject matter and geography, the contributors examine correspondence from the famous and the unknown, the political prisoner and the political militant, while the writers are shown pondering familial concerns and providing political commentary on the effects of war or revolution on everyday life. Among the impressive group of international scholars are Jim Allen, Clare Brant, Edith Gelles, Jane Rendall, and Si'n Reynolds.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii
Acknowledgements xi
PART I: 1750-1850: EPISTOLARY CONNECTIONS IN ENLIGHTENMENT AND REVOLUTION
1 Gender Politics: Breathing New Life into Old Letters
Mire Cross and Caroline Bland
3(12)
2 'The Tribunal of the Public': Eighteenth-Century Letters and the Politics of Vindication
Clare Brant
15(14)
3 Parenthood and Gender Roles as Seen in Diderot's Correspondance
Ursula Yvonne Roberts
29(14)
4 Deconstructing Gender: Heru-iette's Correspondence with Rousseau
Anne-Franoise Gilbert
43(12)
5 Third Person Singular: the Liberation of the Marquise de Sade, 1789-1790
David McCallam
55(12)
6 'Remember the Ladies': Politics in the Letters of Abigail Adams
Edith B. Gelles
67(10)
7 'Friends of Liberty & Virtue': Women Radicals and Transatlantic Correspondence, 1789-1848
Jane Rendall
77(16)
8 The Correspondence of a 'Sister in Humanity'
Mire Cross
93(22)
PART II: 1850-2000: CORRESPONDENCE IN TIMES OF TRIAL
9 Requests, Complaints, Demands. Preliminary Thoughts on the Petitioning Letters of Lower-Class Austrian Women, 1865-1918
Christa Hmmerle
115(20)
10 A History in Letters: the Allemane Family's Letters During and After the Paris Commune, 1871-1880
Sian Reynolds
135(12)
11 Across the Divide: a Correspondence During the Dreyfus Affair
David H. Walker
147(14)
12 The Gendered Politics of Correspondence: the Curious Case of Celine Renooz, 1840-1928
James Smith Allen
161(12)
13 Reading Between the Lines. Letters to Eleanor Keeling Edwards, 1890-1900
Krista Cowman
173(12)
14 More than Just `a Sporting Couple': the Letters of a Militant Marriage
June Balshaw
185(16)
15 Slinging the Ink About: Ellen Terry and Women's Suffrage Agitation
Katharine Cockin
201(12)
16 'In Great Haste': the Personal and Political in the Letters of F.W. Stella Browne (1880-1955), Feminist Socialist Sex Radical
Lesley A. Hall
213(12)
17 'In Case the Worst Comes to the Worst': Letters home from Berlin, 1942-1945
Caroline Bland
225(16)
18 Constructing Identities and Remembering Fascism: the Published Letters of Elisabeth Langgasser
Joanne Sayner
241(12)
19 Corresponding in the Sex and Gender Revolution: Desire, Education and Feminist Letters, 1970-2000
Margaretta Jolly
253(18)
Index of Proper Names 271

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