Women’s political agency in revolutionary Paris, 1789-1793

Dobbie, Samantha (2024) Women’s political agency in revolutionary Paris, 1789-1793. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis seeks to explore women’s agency in revolutionary Paris between 1789 and 1793. Focusing upon the October Days of 1789; Louise de Kéralio, Sophie de Condorcet, Rosalie Jullien and Madame Roland; and the Society of Revolutionary Republican Women, the individual and collective actions of women during this period will be examined to highlight the complex and varied nature of women’s political agency. Inspired by Dominique Godineau, Katie Jarvis, Olwen Hufton and Siân Reynolds, amongst others, this research seeks to bring women’s agency to the forefront of studies on women in revolutionary Paris. By foregrounding women’s revolutionary experiences in the initial phase of the Revolution, this thesis offers a way of combining gender history with studies of the French Revolution as a means of considering how women viewed their own actions, how they represented themselves compared with how others represented them, and the extent to which their political agency was recognised, celebrated or feared by fellow revolutionaries. The overall goal of this thesis is to present the multiplicity of women’s revolutionary experiences and the varied nature of their political agency based upon the sites of action available to them during the Revolution.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Supported by funding from the Women and Agency: Transnational Perspectives conference in collaboration with TORCH, and the Eglinton Fellowship award granted by the University of Glasgow.
Keywords: French Revolution, women’s political agency, eighteenth century.
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DC France
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > History
Supervisor's Name: Rapport, Dr. Michael and MacLeod, Dr. Catriona
Date of Award: 2024
Depositing User: Theses Team
Unique ID: glathesis:2024-84358
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2024 15:32
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2024 15:33
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.84358
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/84358

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