Women, Gender and Enlightenment

Women, Gender and Enlightenment

by B. Taylor, S. Knott


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Did women have an Enlightenment? This path-breaking volume of interdisciplinary essays by forty leading scholars provides a detailed picture of the controversial, innovative role played by women and gender issues in the age of light.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403904935
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 05/27/2005
Edition description: 2005
Pages: 769
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.07(d)

About the Author

JEAN BLOCH Senior Lecturer in French, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
PHILIP CARTER Publication Editor, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
ARIANNE CHERNOCK Assistant Professor of Writing, George Washington University, USA
ANNA CLARK Professor of History, University of Minnesota, USA
NORMA CLARKE Lecturer in English, Kingston University, UK
MICHELE COHEN Professor in Humanities, Richmond, the American International University in London, UK
SUZANNE DESAN Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
ELIZABETH EGER Lecturer in English, King's College, London, UK
PAULA FINDLEN Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History, Stanford University, UK
CAROLINE FRANKLIN Reader in English, University of Wales, UK
DENA GOODMAN Professor of History and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, USA
FELICIA GORDON Senior Research Associate, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, UK
HARRIET GUEST Professor, Department of English and Related Literature, University of York, USA
CARLA HESSE Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, USA
ROBIN HOWELLS Professor of French, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
LYNN HUNT Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History, UCLA, UK
SARAH HUTTON Professor of Early Modern Studies, Middlesex University, UK
VIVIEN JONES Professor of Eighteenth-Century Gender and Culture, School of English, Leeds University, UK
PHYLLIS MACK Lecturer in History and Women's Studies, Rutgers University, USA
JENNY MANDER Senior Lecturer, Department of French, University of Cambridge, UK
MARY CATHERINE MORAN Lecturer, Columbia University, USA
KAREN O'BRIEN Professor of English Literature, University of Warwick, UK
CLARISSA CAMPBELL ORR Senior Lecturer in History, Anglia Polytechnic University, UK
RUTH PERRY Professor of Literature, MIT, USA
JANE RENDALL Honorary Fellow, History Department, University of York, UK
JOHN ROBERTSON Lecturer in History, Oxford University, UK
SILVIA SEBASTIANI Research Fellow, Centro di Studi sul Pensiero Politico, Turin, ITALY
KATE SOPER Professor of Philosophy, London Metropolitan University
SIEP STUURMAN Professor of European History, Erasmus University, THE NETHERLANDS
SYLVANA TOMASELLI Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, UK
ANNE C. VILA Lecturer in French, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
DROR WAHRAMN Lecturer in British, European and Cultural History, Indiana University, USA
GINA LURIA WALKER Chair, Department of Social Sciences, new School University, New York, USA
DANIEL E. WHITE Assistant Professor of English, University of Toronto, CANADA
ROSEMARIE ZAGARRI Professor of History, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements List of Contributors General Introduction PART I: WOMEN, MEN, ENLIGHTENMENT SEXUAL DISTINCTIONS AND PRESCRIPTIONS Introduction; K.O'Brien Between the Savage and the Civil: Dr John Gregory's Natural History of Femininity; M.C.Moran Feminists versus Gallants: Sexual Manners and Morals in Enlightenment Britain; B.Taylor "Ambiguous Beings": Marginality, Melancholy, and the Femme Savante; A.Vila GENDER, RACE AND THE PROGRESS OF CIVILIZATION Introduction; J.Rendall Race, Women, and Progress in the Late Scottish Enlightenment; S.Sebastiani No Woman is an Island: the Female Figure in French Enlightenment Anthropology; J.Mander Civilisation, Patriotism, and Enlightened Histories of Woman; S.Tomaselli SEX AND SENSIBILITY Introduction; D.Wahrman Advice and Enlightenment: Mary Wollstonecraft and Sex Education; V.Jones Tears and the Man; P.Carter Reading Rousseau's Sexuality; R.Howells GENDER AND THE REASONING MIND Introduction; M.B.Peruga L'Ortografe des Dames: Gender and Language in the Old Regime; D.Goodman "To think, to compare, to combine, to methodise": Girls' Education in Enlightenment Britain; M.Cohen Discourses of Female Education in the Writings of Eighteenth-Century French Women; J.Bloch WOMEN INTELLECTUALS IN THE ENLIGHTENED REPUBLIC OF LETTERS Introduction; C.Hesse Women on the Verge of Science: Aristocratic Women and Knowledge in Early Eighteenth-Century Italy; P.Findlen 'The noblest commerce of mankind': Conversation and Community in the Bluestocking Circle; E.Eger Aristocratic Feminism, the Learned Governess, and the Republic of Letters; C.C.Orr "Women that would plague me with rational conversation": Aspiring Women and Scottish Whigs, c. 1790-1830; J.Rendall PART II: FEMINISM, ENLIGHTENMENT AND REVOLUTION CHAMPIONING WOMEN: EARLY ENLIGHTENMENT FEMINISMS Introduction; C.C.Orr Mary Astell and Enlightenment; R.Perry The Deconstruction of Gender: Seventeenth-century Feminism and Modern Equality; S.Stuurman "Neither Male nor Female": Rational Equality in the Early Spanish Enlightenment; M.B.Peruga FEMINISM AND ENLIGHTENED RELIGIOUS DISCOURSES Introduction; B.Taylor The Soul has No Sex: Feminism and Catholicism in Early Modern Europe; S.Stuurman Religion, Feminism and the Problem of Agency: Reflections on Eighteenth-Century Quakerism; P.Mack Bluestocking Fictions: Devotional Writings, Didactic Literature and the Imperative of Female Improvement; N.Clarke "With Mrs Barbauld it is different": Dissenting Heritage and the Devotional Taste; D.White Mary Hays (1759-1843): An Enlightened Quest; G.L.Walker WOMEN, LIBERTY AND THE NATION Introduction; H.Guest Catharine Macaulay's Histories of England: A Female Perspective on the History of Liberty; K.O'Brien Liberty, Equality and God: the Religious Roots of Catherine Macaulay's Feminism; S.Hutton Romantic Patriotism as Feminist Critique of Empire: Helen Maria Williams, Sydney Owenson and Germaine de Staël; C.Franklin WOMEN AND REVOLUTIONARY CITIZENSHIP: ENLIGHTENMENT LEGACIES? Introduction; L.Hunt Women in 18th Century British Politics; A.Clark Extending the "Right of Election": Men's Arguments for Women's Political Representation in Late Enlightenment Britain; A.Chernock Filles Publiques or Public Women: the Actress as Citizen; F.Gordon The Politics of Intimacy: Marriage and Citizenship in the French Revolution; S.Desan Benjamin Rush's Ferment: Enlightenment Medicine and Female Citizenship in Revolutionary America; S.Knott Women's Rights in the Era before Seneca Falls; R.Zagarri CONCLUSIONS Women and Enlightenment: A Historiographical Conclusion; J.Robertson Feminism and Enlightenment Legacies; K.Soper Enlightenment Biographies Index

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