By Elinor Accampo

Considered one of French feminism's such a lot brave public figures has got quite little in-depth point out earlier: Nelly Roussel's campaign gave ladies regulate over their very own our bodies and sexuality and Blessed Motherhood sour Fruit finds her sacrifices and accomplishments in the course of the method. Roussel was once an actress and sweetness who outlined parameters of the women's stream which might no longer be learned for over seventy years: she used to be the 1st feminist spokeswoman for contraception in Europe and her lectures, essays, and speeches promoted then-radical methods of pondering. Her biographer does a very good task of linking Roussel's existence and recommendations to her occasions and the evolving historical past of the women's flow as an entire, making it a best decide for any definitive women's background collection.

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15 The curriculum also stressed patriotism as a sentiment that girls had to learn so that they could transmit it to their future husbands and sons and encourage them to fight for France and fulfill their duties to the patrie by being brave. Textbooks also provided material on Roussel’s chosen heroes, celebrating Joan of Arc more than any other Frenchwoman and even providing “flattering vignettes” of Marie Antoinette. Roussel’s literary tastes and personal heroes largely reflect these themes. 16 Popular culture reinforced the conservative curriculum for Roussel and other Catholic girls.

8 Her maternal grandfather, Thomas Nel, in whose “villa” the family lived at 73 avenue de Saint Mandé, in the twelfth arrondissement, further cultivated her love for the theater, as well as for reading, playwriting, and acting. Nel, a well-off railroad engineer at the Gare de l’Est and member of the Engineering Academy, was forty-five when Nelly was born. They developed an extremely close relationship, particularly around their mutual taste for literature. Nel introduced his granddaughter to the theater.

Orphaned, Blanche has become the mother figure in John’s life. Blanche is dying of an unnamed disease (probably tuberculosis) that involves slow degeneration—she is expected to live another one to three years. Concern and love for her brother give Blanche the will to stay alive. John and Blanche live in mutual adoration, but there is one problem around which the plot develops: John leads a life of debauchery, despite Blanche’s efforts to set him straight. ” Blanche succeeds in persuading her brother to give up his “mad passion for pleasure,” but he breaks his promise to her and attends one more banquet, which proves fateful: he argues drunkenly with another young man and ends up thrusting his sword into his opponent’s chest, unintentionally killing him.

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