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Women Writers and the Early Modern British Political Tradition - Hilda L. Smith

Women Writers and the Early Modern British Political Tradition

By: Hilda L. Smith (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 13th April 1998
ISBN: 9780521585095
Number Of Pages: 408

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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.

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...this is an excellent collection..." Ruth Perry, American Historical Review "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 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

Introduction: Women, intellect and politics: their intersection in early modern Britain
Women's Political Writings, 1400-1690
Women's Political and Philosophical Writings, 1690-1800
Astell, Masham and Locke: religion and politics
The Intellectual Context and Economic Setting for Early Modern Women
Contract and coercion: power and gender in Leviathan
Legal and Political Prescriptions for Early Modern Women
The politics of identity and monarchic government: the debate over female exclusion
Conclusion: women's writing, women's standing: theory and politics in the early modern period
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ISBN: 9780521585095
ISBN-10: 0521585090
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 13th April 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.77