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Rachel Mesch

This article considers the role of men in a form of feminist expression promoted in women's magazines and novels during the Belle Epoque. “Belle Epoque literary feminism,“ as I have termed it, was characterized by a desire to reconcile gender equality with traditional gender roles, outside of political channels; it was also, I argue, defined by male participation. Focusing on a widespread effort to modernize marriage, the article examines both men and women's discussions of marital equality in the influential women's magazines Femina and La Vie Heureuse; it then considers the role assigned to men in realizing feminist marriage in two popular women's novels, Marcelle Tinayre's La Rebelle and Louise Marie Compain's L'Un vers l'autre.

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Ready for Progress?

Opinion Surveys on Women's Roles and Opportunities in Belle Epoque France

Lenard R. Berlanstein

This essay uses readers' opinion surveys in Femina, a unique, high-circulation fashion magazine that championed women's rights, to study the reception of feminist ideas. The readers were fashion-conscious and well-off provincial bourgeoises, a group that might have had conservative attitudes on gender roles. Yet, the many thousands of responses reveal a profound desire to expand women's identities beyond domesticity. About a third of the readers were even indignant that women lacked the freedoms of men. Most others looked forward to a future when society would offer women more opportunities to utilize their talents while reaffirming the satisfactions of familial roles. The surveys show that Frenchwomen were redefining femininity in a more individualistic direction though national emergencies as 1914 approached would make them hesitant about pressing their cause.

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Whitney Walton

eventually became the Prix Femina. Historian Bonnie Smith includes her among many North American and European women who wrote history in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries only to be dismissed as “amateurs” when history became a male

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Marie-Ève Thérenty

Rachel Mesch 23 qui prouve comment les magazines féminins comme La Vie Heureuse ou Femina ont inventé la femme moderne. La perspective de Marie-Ève Thérenty dans ce volume est légèrement différente. Elle montre, à partir d’un épisode méconnu de l

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Autonomous Driving and the Transformation of Car Cultures

Jutta Weber and Fabian Kröger

Fahrzeuge und hegemoniale Männlichkeit in der Automobilkultur,” Femina Politica 2 (2014): 22–34. 16 Sarah Redshaw, In the Company of Cars: Driving as a Social and Cultural Practice (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008). 17 Judy Wajcman, “From Women and

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Colette française (et fille de zouave)

Colette and the French Singularity

Kathleen Antonioli

tota femina in utero —reducing her completely to an animalistic, bodily, natural femininity. 12 Omitting any reference to Willy, the “author” of the novels, Hirsch lauds the “instinct puissant” and the “vraie candeur dans l'animalité” of this

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From the Auto-mobile to the Driven Subject?

Discursive Assertions of Mobility Futures

Katharina Manderscheid

-Lena Berscheid, “Autonome Fahrzeuge und hegemoniale Männlichkeit in der Automobilkultur,” Femina Politica 23 (2014): 22–34. 32 Wajcman, Feminism Confronts Technology ; Hubak, “The Car as a Cultural Statement.” This highlights that gender and technology

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Adriana Zaharijević, Kristen Ghodsee, Efi Kanner, Árpád von Klimó, Matthew Stibbe, Tatiana Zhurzhenko, Žarka Svirčev, Agata Ignaciuk, Sophia Kuhnle, Ana Miškovska Kajevska, Chiara Bonfiglioli, Marina Hughson, Sanja Petrović Todosijević, Enriketa Papa-Pandelejmoni, Stanislava Barać, Ayşe Durakbaşa, Selin Çağatay, and Agnieszka Mrozik

—the phenomenon of female Polish educational migrants at Western European universities in the 19th and early 20th centuries], in Femina Migrans: Frauen in Migrationsprozessen (18.–20. Jahrhundert) [Femina Migrans: Women in migration processes (18th–20th century

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Valentina Mitkova

lived and worked in Paris for years. She writes in French and in English. She is an author of fifteen novels and numerous essays and winner of numerous literary awards, including the prestigious French Femina award in 2006 for her novel Faults . She is

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Amy Kallander

rapists. 71 Even when depicted in less threatening ways, the impossibility of interracial love was staged in novels such as Claire Etcherelli's Elise ou la vrai vie (1967). Receiving the Prix Femina—a prize awarded by an all-female jury—with Simone de