Outrage over Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People” poured forth on the left and right, from art critics and commentators alike who either embraced or rejected the July 1830 revolution in Paris. This fetishization of the gendered body is characteristic of not just revolutionary art but also of revolutionary rhetoric and the experiences of revolutionaries themselves. The body politic has always been a gendered body, explicitly or implicitly. Yet the field of comparative revolutions is still largely devoid not only of a sustained gender analysis but even of the inclusion of women as historical--and contemporary--actors. This presentation moves women and gender from margin to center in order to render broad world historical patterns relatable, human, and inclusive.
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