Women, Writing, and Revolution, 1790-1827

Women, Writing, and Revolution, 1790-1827

by Gary Kelly
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198122721

ISBN-13: 9780198122722

Pub. Date: 07/28/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The French Revolution stirred a bitter debate in Britain about the nature of civil society and the political nation. This is an original and lively study of the efforts of women writers of the period to base a reformed state and national culture on virtues and domains traditionally conceded to women. Gary Kelly, a leading expert on the period, investigates this

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The French Revolution stirred a bitter debate in Britain about the nature of civil society and the political nation. This is an original and lively study of the efforts of women writers of the period to base a reformed state and national culture on virtues and domains traditionally conceded to women. Gary Kelly, a leading expert on the period, investigates this hitherto neglected achievement by combining a wide survey of women's writing in its historical context with detailed analyses of three critically neglected leading women writers—Helen Maria Williams, Mary Hays, and Elizabeth Hamilton. This is a wide-ranging and lucid contribution to current debates concerning the intersections between women's writing, revolution, and Romanticism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198122722
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
5.69(w) x 8.81(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

IWomen and Writing in the Revolutionary Decade
1Introduction3
2Feminizing Revolution: Helen Maria Williams30
3Mary Hays and Revolutionary Sensibility80
4Elizabeth Hamilton and Counter-Revolutionary Feminism126
IIWomen, Writing, and the Revolutionary Aftermath
5Introduction165
6Helen Maria Williams in Post-Revolutionary France192
7Mary Hays: Women, History, and the State234
8Elizabeth Hamilton: Domestic Woman and National Reconstruction265
Bibliography305
Index319

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