Sunday, April 16, 2006

Olympe de Gouges

On the final exam for Early Modern Europe, I misspelled the name of Olympe de Gouges, the feminist writer at the time of the French Revolution. So I thought I'd take this opportunity to spell it right.

The picture above is from a poster for a 2002 conference about her in Taipei.

There is no single really good site about Olympe de Gouges. This one at Middlesex University has both French text and English translation of The Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen. The Wikipedia article states that de Gouges was executed for writing a critique of revolutionary France from the point of view of an "aerial voyager," presumably a balloonist. Hot-air balloons were then symbols of the utmost modernity and they were a French invention.


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