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Women writers and the early modern British political tradition [electronic resource] /
edited by Hilda L. Smith.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
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xiv, 392 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521585090
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Book
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
isbn
0521585090
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
"Published in association with the Folger Institute, Washington, D.C."
catalogue key
8375393
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"I heartily recommend this book. it will be of interest to students and scholars in early modern history, poltical theory, and literature, and to feminists interested in the history of feminism." Jane Donaworth, Sixteenth Century Journal
...this is an excellent collection..." Ruth Perry, American Historical Review
"...this valuable collection suggests powerfully the enormous variety of European women's political activities and arguments before the francise." Paula McDowell, Albion
"...this volume is essential reading for those who want to come to terms with the ways in which gender factors into the politics or early modern England." Canadian Journal of Political Science
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This collection of essays includes studies of women's political writings and explores in depth the political ideas of the writers in their historical and intellectual context. Limitations placed on women's political writings are examined.
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This collection of essays includes studies of women's political writings from Christine de Pizan to Mary Wollstonecraft in their historical and intellectual context. The volume illuminates the limitations placed on women's political writings and their broader political role by the social and scholarly institutions of early modern Europe.
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This collection of essays studies political writings by women from 1400 to 1800, and moves beyond the much more common discussion of women's literary works, political roles, or the operation of gender in politics generally. The book has a novel, dual purpose: to focus on women's political writings during a period when women were discouraged from expressing political thoughts, and to analyse how the intellectual and social institutions of the age directed both women's political (or non-political) existence and their ability to express, and to have heard by others, their political opinions.
Main Description
This collection of essays includes studies of women’s political writings from Christine de Pizan to Mary Wollstonecraft and explores in depth the political ideas of the writers in their historical and intellectual context. The volume illuminates the limitations placed on women’s political writings and their broader political role by the social and scholarly institutions of early modern Europe. In so doing, the authors probe legal and political restraints, distinct national and state organisation, and assumptions concerning women’s proper intellectual interests. In this endeavour, the volume explores questions and subjects traditionally ignored by historians of political thought and little considered even by current feminist theorists, groups who give slight attention to women’s political ideas or place women’s writings within the social and intellectual structures from which they emerged and which they helped to shape.
Main Description
This collection of essays includes studies of women's political writings from Christine de Pizan to Mary Wollstonecraft and explores in depth the political ideas of the writers in their historical and intellectual context. The volume illuminates the limitations placed on women's political writings and their broader political role by the social and scholarly institutions of early modern Europe. In so doing, the authors probe legal and political restraints, distinct national and state organisation, and assumptions concerning women's proper intellectual interests. In this endeavour, the volume explores questions and subjects traditionally ignored by historians of political thought and little considered even by current feminist theorists, groups who give slight attention to women's political ideas or place women's writings within the social and intellectual structures from which they emerged and which they helped to shape.
Main Description
This collection of essays studies political writings by women from 1400 to 1800, and moves beyond the much more common discussion of women's literary works, political roles, or the operation of gender in politics generally. The book has a novel, dual purpose: to focus on women's political writings during a period when women were discouraged from expressing political thoughts, and to analyze how the intellectual and social institutions of the age directed both women's political (or nonpolitical) existence and their ability to express, and to have heard by others, their political opinions.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Women, intellect and politics: their intersection in early modern Britain
Women's Political Writings, 1400-1690
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Women's Political and Philosophical Writings, 1690-1800
Astell, Masham and Locke: religion and politics
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The Intellectual Context and Economic Setting for Early Modern Women
Contract and coercion: power and gender in Leviathan
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Legal and Political Prescriptions for Early Modern Women
The politics of identity and monarchic government: the debate over female exclusion
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Conclusion: women's writing, women's standing: theory and politics in the early modern period
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