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Fighting 'on the side of little girls': feminist children's book publishing in France after 1968

Heywood, S. (2020) Fighting 'on the side of little girls': feminist children's book publishing in France after 1968. Nottingham French Studies, 59 (2). pp. 206-220. ISSN 0029-4586

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To link to this item DOI: 10.3366/nfs.2020.0285

Abstract/Summary

While the French second wave feminist movement and its publishing activities have been well-documented, relatively little attention has been paid to its attempts to imagine childhood freed from the strictures of sexism. This article examines how in the mid 1970s the Franco-Italian publishing partnership ‘du côté des petites filles/ dalla parte delle bambine’ fought ‘on the side of the little girls’ by publishing a new kind of children’s books: politically, artistically and aesthetically subversive, and directly engaged in the major feminist debates of the period. By tracing the relationships between the different publishers involved in this movement it sheds light on how feminist campaigns helped shape the new ideas on children and their culture that emerged around 1968. It argues that the question of child-rearing was one of the major points névralgiques of the movement as a whole, but it was also an issue that demanded action, to provide the tools for the struggle. Finally, through an examination of their publishing practices, collaborators and books, this article reveals not only the intellectual impact of the militants of the women’s liberation movement on ideas of childhood and children’s literature, but also the artistic visions and new poetics they helped to inspire and nurture.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Modern Languages and European Studies > French
ID Code:87239
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press

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