Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain by Karen OBrienWomen and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain by Karen OBrien

Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain

byKaren OBrien

Paperback | April 20, 2009

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During the long eighteenth century, ideas of society and of social progress were first fully investigated. These investigations took place in the contexts of economic, theological, historical and literary writings which paid unprecedented attention to the place of women. Combining intellectual history with literary criticism, Karen O'Brien examines the central importance to the British Enlightenment both of women writers and of women as a subject of enquiry. She examines the work of a range of writers, including John Locke, Mary Astell, David Hume, Adam Smith, Edward Gibbon, T. R. Malthus, the Bluestockings, Catharine Macaulay, Mary Wollstonecraft and the first female historians of the early nineteenth century. She explores the way in which Enlightenment ideas created a language and a framework for understanding the moral agency and changing social roles of women, without which the development of nineteenth-century feminism would not have been possible.
Title:Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century BritainFormat:PaperbackDimensions:318 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:April 20, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521774276

ISBN - 13:9780521774277

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Table of Contents

Introduction: the progress of society; 1. Anglican Whig feminism in England, 1690-1760: self-love, reason and social benevolence; 2. From savage to Scotswoman: the history of femininity; 3. Roman, Gothic and medieval women: the historicisation of womanhood, 1750-c.1804; 4. Catharine Macaulay's Histories of England: liberty, civilisation and the female historian; 5. Good manners and partial civilisation in the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft; 6. The history women and the population men, 1760-1830; Bibliography.