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The Good, the Bad, and the Childless

The Politics of Female Identity in Maternité (1929) and La Maternelle (1933)

Cheryl A. Koos

This essay explores Jean Benoît-Lévy and Marie Epstein's box-office success La Maternelle and their lesser-known Maternité in the context of interwar debates over women's roles in society. Reflecting natalist-familialist conceptions of motherhood and femininity, the films magnified three pervasive cultural icons in French social and political discourse: the monstrous, childless "modern woman," the exalted mother, and the "single woman" who fell somewhere in the middle. As both products and vehicles of these tropes, La Maternelle and Maternité not only illustrate how popular cinema disseminated and justified certain value-laden assumptions about female identity in the late 1920s and early 1930s; they also reveal the limitations of French feminism and socially-engaged, progressive art of the period.

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Françoise Légey and Childbirth in Morocco

Jonathan G. Katz

resembled the rafles or roundups conducted by the Protectorate in its various inoculation campaigns. 104 In July 1930 all the qabla s active in Marrakesh were gathered by [Thami's] orders at the Maternité, in the presence of one of his deputies. This

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Decorating Mothers, Defining Maternity

The Invention of the French Family Medal and the Rise of Profamily Ideology in 1920s France

Hannah M. Stamler

has not yet been the subject of an article-length study. See Anne Cova, Maternité et droits des femmes en France: XIXe-XXe siècles (Paris: Anthropos, 1997), 251; Virginie De Luca Barrusse, Les familles nombreuses: Une question démographique, un

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Sortir Manger / Eating Out

Les pique-niques des ouvrières du textile au Maroc dans les espaces publics / Female Textile Workers’ Picnics in Moroccan Public Open Spaces

Gaëlle Gillot

: Maternité et patriarcat au Maghreb ( Paris : La Découverte ). Le Tourneau , R. ( 1965 ), La vie quotidienne à Fès en 1900 ( Paris : Hachette ). Lefebvre , H. ( 1968 ), Le droit à la ville ( Paris : Points Seuil ). Rémy J. et

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Straight from the Heart

Men and Masculinities in Alice Diop's Vers la tendresse (2016)

Bruno Levasseur and Imogen Long

Bloom, “‘Saint-Omer’: un nouveau film d'Alice Diop pour explorer la complexité de la maternité,” Les Inrocks , 10 May 2021, available at

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Enfants du maquis en Algérie

Un héritage explosif

Abderrahmane Moussaoui

religion contre l’avortement peut paraître naturelle, celle des femmes est plus complexe et délicate à expliquer. Certaines voix, au nom de la maternité, requièrent l’interdiction de l’avortement. Après moult hésitations, le Haut Conseil islamique 14

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Family Life in Tunisia after the Revolution of 2011

Two Women and Two Men in a Changing Time

Irene Maffi

: Partners in Revolution ’, Journal of North African Studies 19 , no. 2 : 186 – 199 . 10.1080/13629387.2013.870424 Le Bris , A. ( 2009 ), La maternité interdite: être mère sans être épouse en Tunisie entre déni et “normification” ’, Recherches

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Care, attachements et nouvelles citoyennetés

Pascale Molinier

. Cette promotion du constructionnisme associée à celle d’un effacement des différences de genre s’accompagne d’une dévaluation de la « Nature » dont la pensée beauvoirienne est l’un des fleurons (voir notamment son rejet de la maternité). D’où un

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Wives and Goods in the Venetian Palazzo

Stanley Chojnacki

Renaissance Italy , trans. Lydia G. Cochrane (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1985), 117–118. First published as “La ‘mère cruelle’: Maternité, veuvage et dot dans la Florence des XIV-XV siècles,” Annales: Économies, sociétés, civilisations 38, no

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“Before the War, Life Was Much Brighter and Happier than Today”

Letters from French War Orphans, 1915–1922

Bethany S. Keenan

, “The Great War and Modern Motherhood: La Maternité and the Bombing of Paris,” in Women and War in the Twentieth Century: Enlisted With or Without Consent (New York: Garland, 1999), 58–68. For work on women and World War I in general, see, among others