Feminism in France (RLE Feminist Theory)
From May '68 to Mitterand
Routledge – 2013 – 184 pages
Feminism in France charts the evolution of the women’s liberation in France (MLF) from its emergence in 1968 to the present. Claire Duchen provides a lucid and compelling account of different feminist practices in France, clarifying the divergent political stances and the feminist theory that informs them. The remarkably clear introduction to French feminist theory, notably of Luce Irigaray and Helene Cixous, places it in its wider intellectual and political context and illuminates the complex connection of feminist thinking to other strands of contemporary French thought, represented by philosophers such as Michel Foucault and Jacques Lacan.
The author’s role as ‘participant observer’ and her inclusion of interviews with French activists enhance her discussion, complementing the analytical with the immediacy of lived experience.
‘Claire Duchen’s lucid and succinct account is both timely and valuable.’ – Harriet Gilbert, New Statesman
‘Lucid, sympathetic and very helpful book on the French women’s movement … will help us to understand the French feminist world much better.’ – Sian Reynolds, Women’s Review
‘An excellent introduction to French feminist theory which clarifies feminism in contemporary French thought, and includes illuminating interviews with activists.’ - SHE
Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Beginnings 2. Currents: diversity and conflict 3. French feminists and motherhood: destiny or slavery? 4. Feminists and (French) philosophy 5. The concept of the feminine 6. A different politics 7. Feminism in Socialist France. Notes. Bibliography. Index.