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Acting Up

Mary Louise Roberts

in The New Biography

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221406
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935310 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520221406.003.0006
Acting Up

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Marguerite Durand was best known as the editor-in-chief of La Fronde, the women's daily paper of the fin de siècle, in founding which she set out to create a “feminist aesthetics.” Durand openly spoke out against the vote for women. Like her republican contemporaries, she was afraid that female suffrage would ensure the power of the priest against the Republic. Historians have explored Durand's biography, her paper, and her role in fin-de-siècle feminist debate. In this chapter, the author uses the life of Durand in order to answer a set of questions about how change in women's lives occurred during this period. The author also investigates the nature of Durand's politics.

Keywords: Marguerite Durand; feminist aesthetics; La Fronde; politics; women

Chapter.  21306 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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