Karen Offen on The Woman Question in France, 1400-1870 and Debating the Woman Question in the French Third Republic, 1870-1920

May 2, 2018
Sarah B Sussman
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Please join us as we celebrate the recent publications on the woman question in France, by Stanford scholar and library donor Karen Offen.

Women’s place in French society has been a subject of controversy for some six centuries. In her two new groundbreaking works, The Woman Question in France, 1400-1870 (Cambridge UP, 2017) and Debating the Woman Question in the French Third Republic, 1870-1920 (Cambridge UP, 2018), Stanford scholar Karen Offen explores and analyzes the public controversies over the relations between women and men, women’s “influence,” and how these debates about women’s (and men’s) roles and highly gendered notions about “the family” and “the state,” were embedded in and slowly reformulated over time in the Francophone world.

The books that we will be celebrating on May 8, cap a long and path-setting career marked by such celebrated works as European Feminisms, 1700-1950: A Political History (Stanford University Press, 2000) and Globalizing Feminisms, 1789-1945 (Routledge, 2010). Karen has also co-edited such essential works as Writing Women's History: International Perspectives (Indiana University Press, 1991); and Victorian Women: A Documentary Account of Women's Lives in Nineteenth-Century England, France, and the United States(Stanford University Press, 1981). Karen has actively participated in a worldwide group of scholars working not only to write women into history, but to understand the ways that women have played a role in their own historical construction, and to make this history accessible.

May 8, 4:30pm

Bender Room, 5th Floor Green Library

Copies of the books will be available for purchase at the venue.

Free and open to the public.  RSVP 

This event is generously sponsored by Stanford University Libraries, the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Department of French and Italian, France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and the History Department