chapter  12
The Gendered Politics of Correspondence: the Curious Case of Céline Renooz, 1840-1928 1
ByJames Smith Allen
Pages 12

The official portrait of the utopian feminist and polemical journalist Céline Renooz, made not long after the publication of her first book in 1883, says much about her. 2 She is properly attired and titled, perfectly respectable, albeit a bit intense and somewhat humourless. Her distracted gaze off to the left suggests the quest for another world, one of her own making. Evidently, Renooz wanted the public to accept the legitimacy of her vision of a better world for both men and women, whatever the personal cost.