© 2009

Women, Feminism, and Femininity in the 21st Century: American and French Perspectives

  • Editors
  • Béatrice Mousli
  • Eve-Alice Roustang-Stoller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Béatrice Mousli, Eve-Alice Roustang-Stoller
      Pages 1-12
  3. The Battle of the Sexes: From the Bedroom to the Workplace, New Perspectives on Old Issues

  4. Parity: A French Interpretation of Affirmative Action?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Christine Fauré
      Pages 119-131
    3. Réjane Sénac-Slawinski
      Pages 133-154
  5. Feminism and Postmodernism: Looking Toward the Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Rhonda Hammer, Douglas Kellner
      Pages 219-234
    3. Béatrice Mousli, Eve-Alice Roustang-Stoller
      Pages 235-238
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 239-249

About this book


American women look at French women as having it all: sex, motherhood, work, and public office, while French women look at American women as puritanical, excessively feminist, and unable to "have it all" without guilt. The essays in this book by leading American and French academics and critics set the record straight by assessing the truth of each outlook. They conclude that facts are different from imagination, and that on many issues, French feminists could actually look to the U.S. for inspiration. This book offers the first comparative critical appraisal of how women live in the US and in France and suggests paths of reflection on what women can do to improve their lives in the twenty-first century. This is a must read for anyone interested in the nature of womanhood today in the Western World.


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About the authors

BÉATRICE MOUSLI is the author of numerous books, among them Intentions, Histoire d'une Revue Littéraire des Années Vingt (1996), Les Editions du Sagittaire 1919-1979 (2003), Valery Larbaud (1998), Virginia Woolf (2001), Max Jacob (2005).

EVE-ALICE ROUSTANG-STOLLER teaches French and French literature at Barnard College in New York City, USA.

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