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Christine Adams

The Goncourt brothers, writing in the nineteenth century, painted the prerevolutionary era as “the century of woman and her caressing domination over manners and customs.” 1 Their work advanced the notion of the “Gallic singularity,” the perceived

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Outrageous Flirtation, Repressed Flirtation, and the Gallic Singularity

Alexis de Tocqueville's Comparative Views on Women and Marriage in France and the United States

Jean Elisabeth Pedersen

inadequate. 3 My article here contributes to our forum, “Representations of Women in the French Imaginary: Historicizing the Gallic Singularity,” by shifting attention away from the complex question of how Tocqueville viewed American women to the more

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The Gallic Singularity

The Medieval and Early Modern Origins

Tracy Adams

Fassin (ironically) the “Gallic singularity,” Alain Finkielkraut the “French concept of interaction [“commerce”] between the sexes, Philippe Raynaud a “particular form of equality,” and Irène Théry “feminism à la française .” 3 According to Ozouf, the

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Representations of Women in the French Imaginary

Historicizing the Gallic Singularity

Jean Elisabeth Pedersen

variously as “the Gallic singularity,” “the French singularity,” or even “the French exception”: the idea that French men and women have a distinctly different way of organizing social and political relations between men and women than the men and women of

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Whitney Walton

persisted long after the French Revolution. 5 Of course, Barine did not invent the idea of French or Gallic singularity. As other contributors to this forum make clear, it was pervasive throughout French history, and the intent of this article is to explain