Catharine Macaulay And Mercy Otis Warren: The Revolutionary Atlantic And The Politics Of Gender

Hardcover | March 20, 2006

byKate Davies

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Catharine Macaulay and Mercy Otis Warren were radical friends in a revolutionary age. They produced definitive histories of the English Civil War and the American Revolution, attacked the British government and the United States federal constitution, and instigated a debate on women's rightswhich inspired Mary Wollstonecraft, Judith Sargent Murray, and other feminists. Drawing on new research (including recently discovered correspondence) this is the first book to consider Macaulay and Warren in the context of the revolutionary Atlantic. In a series of detailed interdisciplinarystudies, Davies suggests the centrality of both women to transatlantic political cultures between the middle of the eighteenth century and the turn of the nineteenth. The experience of Anglo-American conflict formed Macaulay and Warren's friendship and radically changed their writing lives. Inshowing how it did so, Davies also explains how the revolutionary Atlantic shaped modern ideas of gender difference. Anglo-American separation had a politics of gender which defined Warren and Macaulay's awareness of themselves as women and of which their writing also offered important critiques.Davies's book reveals the political significance of Mercy Otis Warren and Catharine Macaulay to an era when the truths of patriotism, nationhood and empire were never wholly self-evident but were hotly contested.

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Catharine Macaulay and Mercy Otis Warren were radical friends in a revolutionary age. They produced definitive histories of the English Civil War and the American Revolution, attacked the British government and the United States federal constitution, and instigated a debate on women's rightswhich inspired Mary Wollstonecraft, Judith Sa...

Kate Davies is Lecturer in English Literature at the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of York.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.95 inPublished:March 20, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199281106

ISBN - 13:9780199281107

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Introduction: Catharine Macaulay and Mercy Otis Warren: Women, Writing, and the Anglo-American Public Sphere1. Catharine Macaulay, Thomas Hollis, and the London Opposition2. 'Out Cornelia-ising Cornelia': Portraits, Profession, and the Gendered Character of Learning3. iBelle Sauvage/i: Catharine Macaulay and the American War in Britain4. Mercy Otis Warren's Revolutionary Letters5. iFree and Easy/i: Boston's Fashionable Dilemma6. Mercy Otis Warren's IndependenceConclusion: Public Voices