Exchanges and Correspondence: The Construction of Feminism

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Through the eighteen essays of this book, the reader becomes the beholder of a challenging survey of 'feminism-in-the-making, from its early stages in the 18th century to the present, in Anglo-Saxon countries and elsewhere, including Eastern Europe and some places under the influence of communism or Islam. The development of exchanges and correspondence enabled feminism to preexist the word itself, which leads several contributors to ponder over its meaning as well as over the notion of influence, a pivotal component of their reflection. Through the complex interplay of harmony and disharmony, openly acknowledged or carefully hidden similarities or differences, and the delineation of the converging or conflicting forces which the authors of this volume attempt to disentangle, a fascinating chorus of voices eventually emerges from this volume, a preview of the budding 'sisterhood'. It throws light on the major factors in women's growing consciousness of their plight and of the main stakes in the struggle for the defense of their rights. Scholars of different national origins and methodological approaches here join forces until this book itself amounts to an innovative web of exchanges and correspondences, its medium as well as its avowed message.

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Claudette Fillard is a Professor Emerita from LYON 2 UNIVERSITY specializing in the history of women and feminism in the United States. A co-author of Les Mouvements feministes americains (Ellipses), she wrote several related articles and is the author of Elizabeth Cady Stanton: naissance du feminisme americain a Seneca Falls (ENS-editions, 2009). She is currently editing the volumes devoted to the United States in a collection of books on The Fundamentals of Anglo-Saxon Feminism. Francoise Orazi is a senior lecturer at LYON 2 UNIVERSITY specializing in nineteenth and early twentieth British history of ideas. She is the author of La Pensee politique de Leonard Trelawny Hobhouse,(Editions Universitaires Europeennes), and has written several articles on political thought, including feminism.

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