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3%OFFAnne K. Mellor - Mothers of the Nation: Women´s Political Writing in England, 1780–1830 - 9780253213693 - V9780253213693
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Mothers of the Nation: Women´s Political Writing in England, 1780–1830

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Description for Mothers of the Nation: Women´s Political Writing in England, 1780–1830 Paperback. Contests the notion that women occupied a separate private sphere in England during the Romantic Era. This title demonstrates the various ways in which they attempted to shape British public policy and cultural behaviour in the areas of religious and governmental reform, education, philanthropy, and patterns of consumption. Series: Women of Letters S. Num Pages: 192 pages, 6 figures, 1 bibliog., 1 index. BIC Classification: 1DBK; 2AB; 3JF; 3JH; DSBF; HBJD1; HBLL; JFSJ1. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 233 x 159 x 14. Weight in Grams: 304.

British women writers were enormously influential in the creation of public opinion and political ideology during the years from 1780 to 1830. Anne Mellor demonstrates the many ways in which they attempted to shape British public policy and cultural behavior in the areas of religious and governmental reform, education, philanthropy, and patterns of consumption. She argues that the theoretical paradigm of the "doctrine of the separate spheres"may no longer be valid. According to this view, British society was divided into distinctly differentiated and gendered spheres of public versus private activities in the 18th and 19th centuries,

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Beginning with Hannah More, Mellor argues that women writers too often dismissed as conservative or retrogressive instead promoted a revolution in cultural mores or manners. She discusses writers as diverse as Elizabeth Inchbald, Hannah Cowley, and Joanna Baillie; as Charlotte Smith, Anna Barbauld, and Lucy Aikin; as Mary Wollstonecraft, Charlotte Reeve, and Anna Seward; and concludes with extended analyses of Charlotte Smith's Desmond and Jane Austen's Persuasion. She thus documents women writers' full participation in that very discursive public sphere which Habermas so famously restricted to men of property. Moreover, the new career of philanthropy defined by Hannah More provided a practical means by which women of all classes could actively construct a new British civil society, and thus become the mothers not only of individual households but of the nation as a whole.

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Product Details

Format
Paperback
Publication date
2002
Publisher
Indiana University Press United States
Number of pages
192
Condition
New
Series
Women of Letters S.
Number of Pages
192
Place of Publication
Bloomington, IN, United States
ISBN
9780253213693
SKU
V9780253213693
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About Anne K. Mellor
Anne Mellor is Professor of English at UCLA, where she is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for the Study of Women. She is author of Blake's Human Form Divine (1974), English Romantic Irony (1980), Mary Shelley: Her Life, Her Fiction, Her Monsters (1988), and Romanticism and Gender (1993).

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Intellectual and social historians (and not just feminists) have long believed that the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Britain saw an increasing separation of the male (public) and female (domestic) realms, with the result that the public sphere theorized by Jurgen Habermas and others to have emerged in the Enlightenment almost entirely excluded women. With energy, wit, and ... Read more

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