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Women, Writing, and Revolution 1790–1827

Gary Kelly


The French Revolution stirred a bitter debate in Britain about the nature of civil society and the political nation. This is a study of contemporary women writers' efforts to base a reformed state and national culture on virtues and domains traditionally conceded to women. The pre-Revolutionary call for the feminization of culture acquired new and controversial meaning during the Revolution debate with the claims of Mary Wollstonecraft and others for intellectual, vocational, sexual, and even political equality with men. But women writers of the period were faced with a literary discourse that ... More

Keywords: French Revolution, civil society, political nation, women writers, reformed state, national culture, feminization, Mary Wollstonecraft, equality, literary experiments

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Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198122722
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122722.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Kelly, author
University of Alberta, Edmonton

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