The Twilight of the Goddesses: Women and Representation in the French Revolutionary Era - National Humanities Center

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The Twilight of the Goddesses: Women and Representation in the French Revolutionary Era

By Madelyn Gutwirth (NHC Fellow, 1985–86)

New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1992

From the publisher’s description:

In this extraordinarily rich book, Madelyn Gutwirth examines over one hundred prints and paintings, dozens of texts, and the work of a great many cultural critics in order to consider how gender politics were played out during a highly volatile era. Finding evidence of a crisis in gender relations during the eighteenth century, she traces its evolution in the politics of rococo art, demographic trends, plans for the control of prostitution, maternal nursing and wet-nursing practices, folklore, the salon, and in the theater of Diderot and the polemics of Rousseau.

Subjects
History / French Revolution / French History / Women's History / Cultural History /

Gutwirth, Madelyn (NHC Fellow, 1985–86). The Twilight of the Goddesses: Women and Representation in the French Revolutionary Era. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1992.