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A Feminine Enlightenment: British Women Writers and the Philosophy of Progress, 1759-1820

JoEllen DeLucia


A Feminine Enlightenment argues that women writers shaped Enlightenment conversations regarding the role of sentiment and gender in the civilizing process. By reading women’s literature alongside history and philosophy and moving between the eighteenth century and Romantic era, this book challenges conventional historical and generic boundaries. Beginning with Smith’s philosophical meditation on feeling in his Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) and reaching into the early nineteenth century, A Feminine Enlightenment connects Smith’s theory of feeling to the sentimental poems and novels of Anna ... More

Keywords: Enlightenment, emotion, gender, gothic, British women writers, eighteenth century, Romanticism, Ossian, feminism, women’s literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780748695942
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748695942.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

JoEllen DeLucia, author
Central Michigan University