The women's movement, in its different and sometimes contradictory aspects, has, for the past few years, deeply shaken the social habits and the cultural tradition of the modern world. Propelled by this movement or disturbed by what it has left untouched, research on women has recently begun to appear. It took its first steps modestly, but it has become increasingly daring in the various domains of writing and the social sciences, abandoning the vindictive discourse of a modish and already out-dated feminism in order to attack key areas of ideology or of knowledge and to analyze them from a new vantage point -- the point of view of women.
This issue inaugurates the regular publication of research on women in this journal. The reader will find contributions by women, illuminating the representation of or giving the opinion of women on diverse problems that relate to literature, linguistics, psychoanalysis, sociology, history, etc., and to women's questioning of them.
Translated by Elaine Marks
"Recherches féminines" in Tel quel, no. 74 ( Winter 1977).