The Moral Sex: Woman's Nature in the French Enlightenment / Edition 1

The Moral Sex: Woman's Nature in the French Enlightenment / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
019509493X
ISBN-13:
9780195094930
Pub. Date:
06/28/1995
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA

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The Moral Sex: Woman's Nature in the French Enlightenment / Edition 1


This book deals with a question that currently has a great deal of resonance among historians, feminists, and literary scholars: How was the nature of women redefined and debated during the French Enlightenment? Instead of treating the Enlightenment in the usual manner, as a challenge to orthodox ideas and social conventions, Lieselotte Steinbrügge interprets it as a deviation from a position staked out in the seventeenth century, namely, "the mind has no sex." In breaking with that view, the philosophes shifted the debate to categories like morality and sensitivity and took up economic issues as well. They inadvertently backed women into the corner of domesticity, where middle-class women remained for some time to come.

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ISBN-13: 9780195094930
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 06/28/1995
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.45(d)

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