Marianne or Germania? Nationalizing Women in Alsace, 1870-1946

TitleMarianne or Germania? Nationalizing Women in Alsace, 1870-1946
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsVlossak, Elizabeth
Number of Pages330
PublisherOxford University Press

Marianne or Germania records the experiences of the region's women from 1870 to 1946 and contributes to the growing literature on the relationship between gender, the nation and citizenship, and between nationalism and feminism by focusing on the roles, both passive and active, that women played in the process of German and French nation-building in Alsace. The work also critiques and corrects the long-held assumptions that Alsatian women were the preservers, after 1871, of a French national heritage in the region, and that women were neglected or disregarded by policy-makers concerned with the consolidation of German, and later French, loyalties. In addition, the categories of social action implicated in the nation-building process were themselves gendered so nation-building projects impacted asymmetrically on men and women. Having been 'nationalized' through different 'rounds of restructuring' than men, the women of Alsace have been excluded from national and regional histories, as well as from public memory and official commemoration. Marianne or Germania questions, and ultimately challenges, these practices.[Oxford University Press]

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