Introduction; 1. Early eighteenth-century debates: from Anne Dacier to Catharine Trotter Cockburn; 2. Mary Delariviere Manley, Mary Wortley Montagu and Eliza Haywood: sexuality and politics in the works of Whig and Tory women; 3. From the marquise de Lambert to Francoise de Graffigny: the ideology of the salons; 4. Enlightenment women in Italy; 5. From Hanover and Leipzig to Russia; 6. Women's moral mission and the Bluestocking circle; 7. Responses to Jean-Jacques Rousseau: from Octavie Belot to Germaine de Stael; 8. Radical English women: from Catharine Macaulay to Helen Maria Williams; 9. Anticipating and experiencing the revolution in France; 10. Women and revolution in Italy, Germany, and Holland; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
Karen Green is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. She has published numerous articles and books, including The Woman of Reason: Feminism, Humanism and Political Thought (1995) and A History of Women's Political Thought in Europe, 1400-1700 (with Jacqueline Broad, Cambridge, 2009).
'Karen Green's bold survey of women writers on politics and society across Europe and England convincingly demonstrates the presence and profound centrality of women of letters to Enlightenment argument. A must-read for those committed to understanding the diversity and authority of women's intellectual history.' Wendy Gunther-Canada, University of Alabama, Birmingham