Landes Old Regime

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Landes proposes that the collapse of the patriarchal Old Regime allowed for a more prevalent gendering of the public sphere. Offering a revision of Habermas’ thesis, Landes argues that the bourgeois public sphere is inherently masculinist, a characteristic that determines “both its self-representation and its subsequent ‘structural transformation’” (7). By focusing on the bourgeois public sphere between 1750 and 1850 in France, she attempts to provide a feminist perspective on the birth of the modern public sphere. She examines the social and political dynamics of the Old Regime, including women’s social power in 18th-century salons in addition to Rousseau’s dislike of public women. Landes also considers “the fate of women and feminism
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