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Rebel Women by Rosalind Miles

Rebel Women: The renegades, viragos and heroines who changed the world, from the French Revolution to today

Rosalind Miles

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Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 5 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9780349006055

From the bestselling author. Rebel Women: The renegades, viragos and heroines who changed the world From the French Revolution to today. How far we have come! How far we - and men too- have yet to go. Exhilarating and inspiring for readers of all ages.

2 stars out of 5
Stuart Kelly
19 May 2020

"This book will not convince the entrenched but nor will it enlighten those who have tried to think anew."

What struck me most sadly about this book is that it has little to say about culture, save for a few dropped references to Austen, the Brontës and Mary Ann Evans (also known as George Eliot). Nor does it engage with genuinely radical feminist thought. Though it begins in France, it does not end there, and you can search in vain for reference to Hélène Cixous, Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva (despite her work in extending rights to the disabled, an extension of Olympe de Gouges’ concern with abolition), Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt, Mary Warnock, Susan Neiman, Iris Murdoch, Gayatri Spivak or Donna Haraway. Instead, you can read about Magic Marta, Helen and Rob from the Archers, Roe vs Wade and Calamity Jane. This book will not convince the entrenched (I can’t see it being Donald Trump’s Books of the Year), but nor will it enlighten those who have tried to think anew.

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