Surmounting the Barricades

Surmounting the Barricades

Women in the Paris Commune
Carolyn J. Eichner
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/12/2004
Format: Paperback 10 b&w photos, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21705-9
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This book vividly evokes radical women’s integral roles within France’s revolutionary civil war known as the Paris Commune. It demonstrates the breadth, depth, and impact of communard feminist socialisms far beyond the 1871 insurrection. Examining the period from the early 1860s through that century’s end, Carolyn J. Eichner investigates how radical women developed critiques of gender, class, and religious hierarchies in the immediate pre-Commune era, how these ideologies emerged as a plurality of feminist socialisms within the revolution, and how these varied politics subsequently affected fin-de-siècle gender and class relations. She focuses on three distinctly dissimilar revolutionary women leaders who exemplify multiple competing and complementary feminist socialisms: Andre Leo, Elisabeth Dmitrieff, and Paule Mink. Leo theorized and educated through journalism and fiction, Dmitrieff organized institutional power for working-class women, and Mink agitated crowds to create an egalitarian socialist world. Each woman forged her own path to gender equality and social justice.

Author Bio

Carolyn J. Eichner is a historian and Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of South Florida.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Before
1. The Actors and the Action
2. Politics and Ideas: Setting the Stage
Part II: During
3. Elisabeth Dmitrieff and the Union des femmes: Revolutionizing Women's Labor
4. André Léo and the Subversion of Gender: The Battle Over Women's Place
5. Paule Mink and the clubistes: Anti-Clericalism and Popular Revolution
Part III: After
6. Dmitrieff and Léo in the Aftermath: Radicalizing History
7. Mink in the Aftermath: Radicalizing the Future