On Thursday, April 23, the Graduate Center will host “Risquer la Vulnérabilité: Risking Vulnerability,” a daylong symposium that aims to identify what vulnerability means in contemporary social sciences and humanities. Read more
Gender, Women and the Arab Spring, Ed. Andrea Khalil (2015) Routledge.
This book provides a unique investigation into the gender dynamics of the Arab Spring as it unfolded in North Africa. It covers issues such as gender legislation in the post-revolution period, sexual harassment, gender activism, politics and the female body, women and Islamist movements, state feminism, women and political economy, and women’s rights in the context of political transitions. Chapters on Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and Egypt are written by specialist and activists from those countries. It includes a rare, first hand insight into the gender debates, human rights violations and politics of post-Qaddafi Libya, written by a Libyan scholar directly engaged in these developments. An analysis of post-Mubarak gender debates in Egypt is detailed by a gender activist and scholar currently engaged in these debates in favour of gender equitable legislation and human rights in Egypt. Two former Ministers of Women’s Affairs from Tunisia and Algeria, who are also prolific scholars, provide analysis on the situation of women’s rights in the context of Islamism and freedom of artistic expression in Tunisia and Algeria. In addition to these first-hand accounts written by North African political and civil society actors, the book provides a comprehensive theoretical background that allows for readers to understand the historical and deeper cultural contexts of gender struggles. The Foreword frames the larger debate about gender equality and democratisation in the North Africa/Middle East region and clearly presents the lines of investigation of the chapters. Each chapter contains a clear framing of the subject that will orient, educate, and intelligently inform the general reader about the history, current developments and stakes of women’s struggles that have intensified and shifted since the beginning of the Arab Spring.
1. Introduction: Gender paradoxes of the Arab Spring
2. Modernising women and democratisation after the Arab Spring
3. The Arab Spring exception: Algeria’s political ambiguities and citizenship rights
4. Political, aesthetic, and ethical positions of Tunisian women artists, 2011–13
5. The revolution shall not pass through women’s bodies: Egypt, uprising and gender politics
6. Tunisia’s women: partners in revolution
7. Gender and state-building in Libya: towards a politics of inclusion
8. Egyptian women and the 25th of January Revolution: presence and absence
9. Equal or complementary? Women in the new Tunisian Constitution after the Arab Spring
10. Young women and social media against sexual harassment in North Africa
11. Working-class women revolt: gendered political economy in Morocco
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Distinguished Professor Domna C. Stanton (French) has been appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to serve on the Commission on Human Rights.
Distinguished Professor Domna C. Stanton (French) has been appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to serve on the Commission on Human Rights. Read more
Distinguished Professor Domna C. Stanton (French) was appointed today by Mayor Bill de Blasio to serve on the Commission on Human Rights. Read more
Crowds and Politics in North Africa
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On Wednesday, November 19, Domna Stanton will discuss her new book that examines shifting notions of gender in 17th-century France and probes the specifics of conformity and resistance to gender norms from a feminist perspective. Read more
The Dynamics of Gender in Early Modern France
(Ashgate, 2014) Read more
Professor Domna C. Stanton, Ph.D. Program in French, The Graduate Center, CUNY, has published a book entitled The Dynamics of Gender in Early Modern France (Ashgate, 2014).
In its six case studies, The Dynamics of Gender in Early Modern France works out a model for (early modem) gender, which is articulated in the introduction. The book comprises essays on the construction of women: three in texts by male and three by female writers, including Racine. Fenelon, Poulain de la Barre, in the first part; La Guette, La Fayette and Seviqne, in the second. These studies thus also take up different genres: satire, tragedy and treatise; memoir. novella and letter-writing. Since gender is a relational construct. each chapter considers as well specific textual and contextual representations of men. In every instance, Stanton looks for signs of conformity to-and deviations from-normative gender scripts.
The Dynamics of Gender adds a new dimension to early modern French literary and cultural studies: it incorporates a dynamic (shifting) theory of gender, and it engages both contemporary critical theory and literary historical readings of primary texts and established concepts in the field. This book emphasizes the central importance of historical context and close reading from a feminist perspective, which it also interrogates as a practice. The Afterword examines some of the meanings of reading-as-a-feminist.
Review Excerpt: "Writing with great elegance and critical depth, Stanton brings together a deep understanding of the literary and cultural history of seventeenth-century France as well as of gender theory. Readers will benefit for many years to come from Stanton's knowledge of the highly controversial aspects of women's history in all its nuances (seen from both the male and female perspectives) and from her readings of the texts she analyzes in which philology becomes a form of rigorous philosophy, illuminating the status of women in early modern society."
- Lawrence D. Kritzman, Dartmouth College, USA Read more
The Graduate Center has been awarded a U.S. Department of Education grant to establish a National Language Resource Center (LRC), a highly selective honor that will enhance research and development of language education. Read more
Philippe Geinoz has joined the French Program as a Research Fellow in Fall 2014. He is presently working on a project entitled, “American Concerns: The US Presence and Aesthetic Inquiries in French Literature Around 1880,” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Read more