The Feminism of Flora Tristan

The Feminism of Flora Tristan

The Feminism of Flora Tristan

The Feminism of Flora Tristan

Synopsis

This study examines the work of Flora Tristan, French feminist and socialist. This book discusses Tristan's life and work and the tensions she experienced between her feminist and socialist perspectives.

Excerpt

This book arose out of a doctoral thesis presented by Máire Cross at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1988. the emphasis of the book is, however, rather different from that of the thesis. While the thesis focused essentially upon the relationship between Flora Tristan's feminism and her socialism, the book seeks in addition to explore more fully the elements in Tristan's writings which are not obviously linked to the socialist tradition. As a result, some of the conclusions that are drawn in the book are more controversial than those arrived at in the thesis. For example, in the book it is claimed that Tristan's ideas owe at least as much to the ideology of liberalism as to that of socialism. We hope that such claims will contribute in a positive way to the increasing interest that feminists and historians are nowadays showing in the work of Flora Tristan.

We wish to dedicate the book to our respective spouses, Conrad and Anne, without whose constant and selfless support and encouragement it would never have seen the light of day.

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