Toward an Intellectual History of Women: Essays by Linda K. Kerber

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As a leading historian of women, Linda K. Kerber has played an instrumental role in the radical rethinking of American history over the past two decades. The maturation and increasing complexity of studies in women's history are widely recognized, and in this remarkable collection of essays, Kerber's essential contribution to the field is made clear. In this volume is gathered some of Kerber's finest work. Ten essays address the role of women in early American history, and more broadly in intellectual and ...

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Overview

As a leading historian of women, Linda K. Kerber has played an instrumental role in the radical rethinking of American history over the past two decades. The maturation and increasing complexity of studies in women's history are widely recognized, and in this remarkable collection of essays, Kerber's essential contribution to the field is made clear. In this volume is gathered some of Kerber's finest work. Ten essays address the role of women in early American history, and more broadly in intellectual and cultural history, and explore the rhetoric of historiography. In the chronological arrangement of the pieces, she starts by including women in the history of the Revolutionary era, then makes the transforming discovery that gender is her central subject, the key to understanding the social relation of the sexes and the cultural discourse of an age. From that fundamental insight follows Kerber's sophisticated contributions to the intellectual history of women. Prefaced with an eloquent and personal introduction, an account of the formative and feminist influences in the author's ongoing education, these writings illustrate the evolution of a vital field of inquiry and trace the intellectual development of one of its leading scholars.

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Editorial Reviews

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This volume take[s] the reader on an intellectual journey through the historiography of both the American Revolution and women's history.

William and Mary Quarterly

[H]as something to offer every reader interested in revolutionary and early national America, or in women's history more generally.

Women's Review of Books

A convenient collection reflecting the thoughts of a superb scholar.

Library Journal

Gracefully written, thoughtfully argued, and intellectually resonant, they enlarge every topic they address.

Dorothy Ross, Johns Hopkins University

[S[imultaneously a stunning introduction to the field of women's history for novices as well as a state-of-the-art review for experts.

Linda Gordon, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Library Journal
In this collection of essays, premier women's historian Kerber (history, Univ. of Iowa) reiterates and clarifies some of her past work. The ten essays here are ordered chronologically, from 1973 to 1993, by date of original preparation or publication. The first part, "Finding Women in the Revolutionary Era," analyzes Colonial women's views on education, war, family, and politics. Kerber includes early essays on the "Republican Mother" and women's views of citizenship. Part 2, "Toward an Intellectual History of Women," examines the use of the metaphor of separate spheres and the language of individualism as historical constructs. Part 3, "Finding Gender in American Culture," returns to themes of gender and citizenship. The work is a convenient collection reflecting the thoughts of a superb scholar. It will be appreciated by feminist theorists and students of U.S. and women's history. Appropriate for academic libraries.Linda V. Carlisle, Southern Illinois Univ., Edwardsville
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807846544
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 5/26/1997
  • Series: Gender and American Culture Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda K. Kerber is May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and professor of history at the University of Iowa. She is coeditor of U. S. History as Women's History: New Feminist Essays

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Daughters of Columbia: Educating Women for the Republic, 1787-1805 (1973) 23
The Republican Mother: Women and the Enlightenment - An American Perspective (1976) 41
"History Can Do It No Justice": Women and the Reinterpretation of the American Revolution (1989) 63
"I Have Don ... much to Carrey on the Warr": Women and the Shaping of Republican Ideology after the American Revolution (1990) 100
The Republican Ideology of the Revolutionary Generation (1985) 131
Separate Spheres, Female Worlds, Woman's Place: The Rhetoric of Women's History (1988) 159
Can a Woman Be an Individual?: The Discourse of Self-Reliance (1991) 200
"Why Should Girls Be Learn'd and Wise?": The Unfinished Work of Alice Mary Baldwin (1993) 224
The Paradox of Women's Citizenship in the Early Republic: The Case of Martin vs. Massachusetts, 1805 (1992) 261
Women and Men: Boredom, Violence and Political Power (1993) 303
Index 319
Permissions 335
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