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Introduction -- 1. Women's roles, rights and representations in France, 1758-1848 -- 2. Women writers and readers : the beginnings of French women's journals and Le Journal des dames (1759-1778) -- 3. Educating the female consumer : early fashion journals -- 4. A woman's place : marriage and homemaking in the early domestic press -- 5. Reforming the feminine : early feminist journals -- Conclusion.
The origins and early years of the French women's press represent a pivotal period in the history of French women's self-expression and their feminist and cultural consciousness. Through a range of insightful textual analyses, this book highlights the political significance of this critically neglected literary medium.
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