The Resource Mothers of the nation: : women's political writing in England, 1780-1830, Anne K. Mellor, (ebook)

Mothers of the nation: : women's political writing in England, 1780-1830, Anne K. Mellor, (ebook)

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Mothers of the nation: : women's political writing in England, 1780-1830
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Mothers of the nation:
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women's political writing in England, 1780-1830
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Anne K. Mellor
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eng
Summary
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. Surveying all the genres of literature-drama, poetry, fiction, non-fiction prose, and literary criticism-Mellor shows how women writers promoted a new concept of the ideal woman as rationally educated, sexually self-disciplined, and above all, virtuous. This New Woman, these writers said, was better suited to govern the nation than were its current fiscally irresponsible, lecherous, and corruptible male rulers. 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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Midwest
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Mellor, Anne Kostelanetz
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820.9/358
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no index present
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non fiction
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dictionaries
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hoopla digital
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Women of letters
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  • English literature
  • Politics and literature
  • Politics and literature
  • English literature
  • English literature
  • Women and literature
  • Women and literature
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Women authors, English
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adult
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Mothers of the nation: : women's political writing in England, 1780-1830, Anne K. Mellor, (ebook)
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1 online resource
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9780253028198
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(electronic bk.)
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MWT11801008
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remote
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11801008
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MWT11801008
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Mothers of the nation: : women's political writing in England, 1780-1830, Anne K. Mellor, (ebook)
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Publication
Color
multicolored
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780253028198
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11801008
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11801008
System control number
MWT11801008
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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