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In this study, Maire Cross analyses Flora Tristan's correspondence with militant republicans, socialists and democrats active in the July Monarchy. It examines the role of the letter in fostering links at a time of a significant growth of literacy and search for citizenship by the disenfranchised. Combining a gendered analysis of socialist movements with a textual analysis of letters, it illustrates the vitality of political tensions in Tristan's communications and the sophistication of political networks on the eve of the 1848 revolution.
MAIRE CROSS is the Head of Department of French at the University of Sheffield and Director of the Centre for Gender Studies in Europe. In 2002 she was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. Her recent publications include (eds with David Williams) The French Experience from Republic to Monarchy, 1792-1824, Palgrave Macmillan, 2001, and an edited translation of Flora Tristan's diary, Flora Tristan's Diary: The Tour of France, 1843-1844, Peter Lang, 2002.