Publisher description for Women, gender, and Enlightenment, 1650-1850 / edited by Sarah Knott and Barbara Taylor.

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Historians long excluded women from the Enlightenment orbit. But modern research shows that "woman" and gender were key categories of Enlightenment thought, and that women themselves--as scientists and salonnieres, bluestockings and governesses, feminists and novelists--contributed much to enlightened intellectual culture. This volume of interdisciplinary essays by forty leading scholars provides a detailed picture of the controversial, innovative role played by women and gender issues in the age of light.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Women History Modern period, 1600-Feminism History, Sex role History, Enlightenment