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Perspectives on Feminist Political Thought in European History
From the Middle Ages to the Present

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ISBN 9780203442432
Published April 15, 2013 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

Spanning six centuries of political thought in European history, this book puts the ideas of thinkers from Christine de Pizan to Simone de Beauvoir in the broader contexts of their time. This intriguing collection of essays shows that feminism is not a varient of modern radical discourse but a mode of analysing the issues of authority, power and virtue that have been at the heart of European political thought from the middle ages.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: feminism in European history

Tjitske Akkerman and Siep Stuurman

2. The languages of late-medieval feminism

Miri Rubin

3. A ‘learned wave’: women of letter and science from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment

Brita Rang

4. L’égalité des sexes qui ne se conteste plus en France: feminism in the seventeenth century

Siep Stuurman

5. Reclaiming the European Enlightenment for feminism: or prolegomena to any future history of eighteenth-century Europe

Karen Offen

6. Culture as a gendered battleground: the patronage of Madame de Pompadour

Inge E. Boer

7. A woman’s struggle for a language of enlightenment and virtue: Mary Wollstonecraft and Enlightenment ‘feminism’

Virginia Sapiro

8. French utopians: the word and the act

Claire G. Moses

9. Equality and difference: utopian feminism in Britain

Ruth Levitas

10. Liberalism and feminism in late nineteenth-century Britain

Tjitske Akkerman

11. Feminists and sex: how to find lesbians at the turn of the century

Martha Vicinus

12. Beauvoir’s philosophy as the hidden paradigm of contemporary feminism

Karen Vicinus

13. Contemporary feminism between individualism and community

Jet Bussemaker

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