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Unruly Women of Paris
Author: Gay L. Gullickson

ISBN: 9780801483189
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 16 November 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 1.27 x 15.88 x 23.5
In this vividly written and amply illustrated book, Gay L. Gullickson analyzes the representations of women who were part of the insurrection known as the Paris Commune. The uprising and its bloody suppression by the French army is still one of the most hotly debated episodes in modern history. Especially controversial was the role played by women, whose prominent place among the Communards shocked many commentators and spawned the legend of the petroleuses, women who were accused of burning the city during the battle that ended the Commune.
In the midst of the turmoil that shook Paris, the media distinguished women for their cruelty and rage. The Paris-Journal, for example, raved: "Madness seems to possess them; one sees them, their hair down like furies, throwing boiling oil, furniture, paving stones, on the soldiers." Gullickson explores the significance of the images created by journalists, memoirists, and political commentators, and elaborated by latter-day historians and political thinkers. The petroleuse is the most notorious figure to emerge from the Commune, but the literature depicts the Communardes in other guises, too: the innocent vi...

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