Focusing on eighteenth-century constructions of symbolic femininity and eighteenth-century women's writing in relation to contemporary utopian discourse, this volume adjusts our understanding of the utopia of the Enlightenment, placing a unique emphasis on colonial utopias. These essays reflect on issues related to specific configurations of utopias and utopianism by considering in detail English and French texts by both women (Sarah Scott, Sarah Fielding, Isabelle de Charrière) and men (Paltock and Montesquieu). The contributors ask the following questions: In the influential discourses of eighteenth-century utopian writing, is there a place for 'woman,' and if so, what (or where) is it? How do 'women' disrupt, confirm, or ground the utopian projects within which these constructs occur? By posing questions about the inscription of gender in the context of eighteenth-century utopian writing, the contributors shed new light on the eighteenth-century legacies that continue to shape contemporary views of social and political progress.
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About the Author
Nicole Pohl is Senior Lecturer in English at Oxford Brookes University, UK. Brenda Tooley is Dean of the College and Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Cornell College, USA.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction, Nicole Pohl and Brenda Tooley; Utopian exchanges: negotiating difference in Utopia, Lee Cullen Khanna; A fragile utopia of sensibility: David Simple, Joseph F. Bartolomeo; Gothic utopia: heretical sanctuary in Ann Radcliffe's The Italian, Brenda Tooley; Rewriting Rousseau: Isabelle de Charrière's domestic dystopia, Caroline Weber; Utopia in the seraglio: feminist hermeneutics and Montesquieu's Lettres Persanes, Mary McAlpin; Transparency and the enlightenment body: utopian space in Sarah Scott's Millenium Hall and de Sade's The 120 Days of Sodom, Ana M. Acosta; 'Emperess of the world': gender and the voyage utopia, Nicole Pohl; 'A man might find every thing in your country': improvement, patriarchy and gender in Robert Paltock's The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, Elizabeth Hagglund and Jonathan Laidlow; Generating regenerated generations: race, kinship and sexuality in Henry Neville's Isle of Pines, (1668) Seth Denbo; Thinking globally, acting locally: enlightenment utopianism for 21st-century feminists?, Alessa Johns; Works cited; Index.