Feminist Interpretations and Political Theory

Feminist Interpretations and Political Theory

by Mary Lyndon Shanley
     
 

This volume brings together exciting and provocative new feminist readings of famous classic and contemporary texts from Plato to Habermas. The collection also includes examinations of the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft and Simone de Beauvoir that are usually excluded from the works conventionally held to comprise "Western political thought." The essays

Overview

This volume brings together exciting and provocative new feminist readings of famous classic and contemporary texts from Plato to Habermas. The collection also includes examinations of the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft and Simone de Beauvoir that are usually excluded from the works conventionally held to comprise "Western political thought." The essays raise fundamentally important questions about the significance of sexual difference in the great works of political theory and draw attention to neglected arguments and silences in the texts. No single feminist view of either the texts or the theoretical way forward informs these essays. A wide diversity of feminist approaches and theoretical frameworks are represented, forming a rich variety of interpretations and argument about such questions as the patriarchal construction of central political categories, the relation between public and private life, and the problem of equality and difference, including differences among women.

This refreshing and stimulating collection will be indispensable for students of political thought and offers all those interested in the connection between the classic writings and current political discussions as accessible introduction to feminist argument.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
**** A revised edition of Everyone was brave, Quadrangle (1969) which is cited in BCL3. O'Neill (history, Rutgers) writes of the period from the first stirrings of feminism in the 1830s to the present. Fourteen essays provide a feminist rereading and reinterpretation of commentaries, which ignore the question of sexual differences, these essays show that arguments about the characters and attributes of men and women are fundamental to political theory. Essays are arranged to address texts in chronological order, from Plato to Foucault. Also discussed are the often overlooked works of Wollstonecraft and de Beauvoir. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
“While there are any number of volumes of collected essays on feminist theory, none is organized like this to take up, chronologically, the most significant writers of the Western tradition. Moreover, none, to my knowledge, brings together historically oriented essays of this quality. In short, it has no competition. The volume could also be used, extremely usefully, in any graduate or advanced undergraduate course on the Western tradition. It is a real gem.”

—Jane Mansbridge, Northwestern University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271007366
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1991
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Lyndon Shanley is Professor of Political Science at Vassar College and author of Feminism, Marriage, and the Law in Victorian England, 1850–1895 (1993).

Carole Pateman is Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Los Angeles; her books include The Sexual Contract (1988) and The Disorder of Women (1989).

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