Gender and Morality in Anglo-American Culture, 1650-1800 / Edition 1

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Overview


Ruth Bloch's stellar essays on the origins of Anglo-American conceptions of gender and morality are brought together in this valuable book, which collects six of her most influential pieces in one place for the first time and includes two new essays. The volume illuminates the overarching theme of her work by addressing a basic historical question: Why did the attitudes toward gender and family relations that we now consider traditional values emerge when they did? Bloch looks deeply into eighteenth-century culture to answer this question, highlighting long-term developments in religion, intellectual history, law, and literature, showing that the eighteenth century was a time of profound transformation for women's roles as wives and mothers, for ideas about sexuality, and for notions of female moral authority.

She engages topics from British moral philosophy to colonial laws regarding courtship, and from the popularity of the sentimental novel to the psychology of religious revivalism. Lucid, provocative, and wide-ranging, these eight essays bring a revisionist challenge to both women's studies and cultural studies as they ask us to reconsider the origins of the system of gender relations that has dominated American culture for two hundred years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520234062
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/10/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 235
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Ruth H. Bloch is Professor in the Department of History and former Chair of Women's Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and prize-winning author of Visionary Republic: Millennial Themes in American Thought, 1756-1800 (1985).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Overviews
1 Theory. A Culturalist Critique of Trends in Feminist Theory (1993) 21
2 History. Untangling the Roots of Modern Sex Roles: A Survey of Four Centuries of Change (1978) 42
Pt. 2 Colonial Transitions
3 Revaluing Motherhood. American Feminine Ideals in Transition: The Rise of the Moral Mother, 1785-1815 (1978) 57
4 Regulating Courtship. Women and the Law of Courtship in Eighteenth-Century America (2001) 78
5 Utilitarian vs. Evangelical Perspectives. Women, Love, and Virtue in the Thought of Edwards and Franklin (1993) 102
Pt. 3 Revolutionary Syntheses
6 Religion and Sentimentalism. Religion, Literary Sentimentalism, and Popular Revolutionary Ideology (1994) 121
7 Republican Virtue. The Gendered Meanings of Virtue in Revolutionary America (1987) 136
8 Public/Private. Gender and the Public/Private Dichotomy in American Revolutionary Thought (2001) 154
Notes 167
Index 217
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