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Bibliography: Women Intellectuals in the European Enlightenment (Guest Post)

[Note to readers: following up on a discussion at the USIH Facebook page, Patrick S. O’Donnell compiled the following bibliography to share with our readers here.]

Women as Intellectuals in the European Enlightenment:
A Select Bibliography of the Secondary Literature

by Patrick S. O’Donnell
Department of Philosophy
Santa Barbara City College (2015)

“Enlightenment” denotes here a time frame inclusive of what others, strictly speaking, would define as “pre-” and “post-Enlightenment” periods of European history. I hope the term “intellectual” is used in a sufficiently capacious sense. As with most of my bibliographies, this one is marked by two constraints: books, in English. And in this case, the language constraint rules out quite a number of important titles, especially (hence, not only) those in French. A further constraint is rather arbitrary: I wanted to keep the compilation to roughly one hundred titles.

  • Apetrei, Sarah. Women, Feminism and Religion in Early Enlightenment England. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Atherton, Margaret, ed. Women Philosophers of the Early Modern Period. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing, 1994.
  • Backscheider, Paula R. Eighteenth-Century Women Poets and Their Poetry: Inventing Agency, Inventing Genre. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.
  • Barash, Carol. English Women’s Poetry, 1649-1714: Politics, Community, and Linguistic Authority. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
  • Battigelli, Anna. Margaret Cavendish and The Exiles of the Mind. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1998.
  • Berg, Temma and Sonia Kane, eds. Women, Gender, and Print Culture in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Essays in Memory of Betty Rizzo. Lanham, MD: Lehigh University Press/Rowman & Littlefield, 2013.
  • Broad, Jacqueline. Women Philosophers of the Seventeenth Century. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • Browne, Alice. The Eighteenth Century Feminist Mind. Brighton: Harvester Press, 1987.
  • Butler, Marilyn. Jane Austen and the War of Ideas. Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press, 1988.
  • Chalus, Elaine. Elite Women in English Political Life1754-1790. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Claire, Brock. The Feminization of Fame 1750-1830. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
  • Clery, E.J. The Feminization Debate in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Literature, Commerce and Luxury. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
  • Clucas, Stephen, ed. A Princely Brave Woman: Essays on Margaret Cavendish Duchess of Newcastle. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2003.
  • Copeland, Edward and Juliet McMaster, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2nd, 2011.
  • Craciun, Adriana and Kari Lokke, eds. Rebellious Hearts: British Women Writers and the French Revolution. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2001.
  • Craveri, Benedetta (trans. Teresa Waugh). The Age of Conversation. New York: The New York Review of Books, 2005.
  • Culley, Amy. British Women’s Life Writing, 1760-1840: Friendship, Community, and Collaboration. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • Curtis-Wendlandt, Lisa, Paul Gibbard, and Karen Green, eds. Political Ideas of Enlightenment Women: Virtue and Citizenship. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013.
  • Davies, Kate. Catharine Macaulay and Mercy Otis Warren: The Revolutionary Atlantic and the Politics of Gender. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Donkin, Ellen. Getting Into the Act: Women Playwrights in London 1776-1829. New York: Routledge, 1995.
  • Dow, Gillian E., ed. Translators, Interpreters, Mediators: Women Writers, 1700-1900. Oxford, UK: Peter Lang, 2007.
  • Eger, Elizabeth. Bluestockings: Women of Reason from Enlightenment to Romanticism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
  • Farnham, Fern. Madame Dacier: Scholar and Humanist. Monterey, CA: Angel Press, 1976.
  • Favret, Mary. Romantic Correspondence: Women, Politics, and the Fiction of Letters. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
  • Ferguson, Moira. Subject to Others: British Women Writers and Colonial Slavery, 1670-1834. New York: Routledge, 1992.
  • Ferguson, Moira. Eighteenth-Century Women Poets: Nation, Class, and Gender. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1995.
  • Ferguson, Moira, ed. First Feminists: British Women Writers, 1578-1799. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1985.
  • Gallagher, Catharine. Nobody’s Story: The Vanishing Acts of Women Writers in the Marketplace, 1670-1820. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1994.
  • Gleadle, Kathryn. The Early Feminists: Radical Unitarians and the Emergence of the Women’s Rights Movement, 1831-51. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 1995.
  • Gleadle, Kathryn. British Women in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Palgrave, 2001.
  • Gleadle, Kathryn and Sarah Richardson, eds. Women in British Politics, 1760-1860: The Power of the Petticoat. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000.
  • Goldsmith, Elizabeth C. Exclusive Conversations: The Art of Interaction in Seventeenth-Century France. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988.
  • Goldsmith, Elizabeth C. and Dena Goodman, eds. Going Public: Women and Publishing in Early Modern France. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1995.
  • Goodman, Dena. The Republic of Letters: A Cultural History of the French Enlightenment. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1994.
  • Goodman, Dena. Becoming a Woman in the Age of Letters. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2009.
  • Goodman, Katherine R. and Edith Waldstein, eds. In the Shadow of Olympus: German Women Writers Around 1800. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1992.
  • Gordon, Felicia and P.N. Furbank. Marie-Madeleine Jodin 1741-1790: Actress, Philosophe, and Feminist. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2001.
  • Gordon, Felicia and Gina Luria Walker, eds. Rational Passions: Women and Scholarship in Britain, 1702 – 1870. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.
  • Gray, Francine du Plessix. Madame de Staël: The First Modern Woman. New York: Atlas & Co., 2008.
  • Green, Karen. A History of Women’s Political Thought in Europe, 1700-1800. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • Guest, Harriet. Small Change: Women, Learning, Patriotism, 1750-1810. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2000.
  • Guest, Harriet. Unbounded Attachment: Sentiment and Politics in the Age of the French Revolution. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Hagengruber, Ruth, ed. Émilie Du Châtelet Between Leibniz and Newton. Dordrecht: Springer, 2012.
  • Harcstark-Myers, Sylvia. The Bluestocking Circle: Women, Friendship, and the Life of the Mind in Eighteenth-Century England. Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press, 1990.
  • Harth, Erica. Cartesian Women: Versions and Subversions of Rational Discourse in the Old Regime. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1992.
  • Heller, Deborah, ed. Bluestockings Now! The Evolution of a Social Role. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015.
  • Hesse, Carla. The Other Enlightenment: How French Women Became Modern. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001.
  • Hesselgrave, R.A. Lady Miller and the Batheaston Literary Circle. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1927.
  • Hill, Bridget. The Republican Virago: The Life and Times of Catharine Macaulay, Historian. Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press, 1992.
  • Hunt, Margaret, et al., eds. Women and the Enlightenment. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press, 1984.
  • Hunter, Shelagh. Harriet Martineau: The Poetics of Moralism. Brookfield, VT: Scolar Press, 1995.
  • Hurl-Eamon, Jeannine. Women’s Roles in Eighteenth-Century Europe. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press/ABC-CLIO, 2010.
  • Hutton, Sarah. Anne Conway: A Woman Philosopher. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • Johns, Alessa. Women’s Utopias of the Eighteenth Century. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2003.
  • Johnson, Claudia L. Jane Austen: Women, Politics, and the Novel. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1988.
  • Johnson, Claudia L. Equivocal Beings: Politics, Gender, and Sentimentality in the 1790s—Wollstonecraft, Radcliffe, Burney, Austin. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1995.
  • Johnson, Claudia L., ed. The Cambridge Companion to Mary Wollstonecraft. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • Jones, Vivien, ed. Women in the Eighteenth Century: Constructions of Femininity. New York: Routledge, 1990.
  • Jones, Vivien, ed. Women and Literature in Britain, 1700-1800. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Kale, Steven. French Salons: High Society and Political Sociability from the Old Regime to the Revolution of 1848. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.
  • Keane, Angela. Women Writers and the English Nation in the 1790s: Romantic Belongings. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Kelley, Anne. Catharine Trotter: An Early Modern Writer in the Vanguard of Feminism. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002.
  • Kelly, Gary. Women, Writing, and Revolution: 1790-1827. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 1993.
  • Kelly, Gary. Revolutionary Feminism: The Mind and Career of Mary Wollstonecraft. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1996 ed.
  • Knott, Sarah and Barbara Taylor, eds. Women, Gender and Enlightenment. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
  • Knox-Shaw, Peter. Jane Austen and the Enlightenment. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • Kolbrener, William and Michael Michelson, eds. Mary Astell: Reason, Gender, Faith. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007.
  • Landes, Joan B. Women and the Public Sphere in the Age of the French Revolution. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1988.
  • Loosey, Devoney. British Women Writers and the Writing of History, 1670-1820. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.
  • Lougee, Carolyn C. Le Paradis des Femmes: Women, Salons, and Social Stratification in Seventeenth-Century France. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1976.
  • McDowell, Paula. The Women of Grub Street: Press, Politics, and Gender in the London Literary Marketplace 1678-1730. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Mellor, Anne K. Mothers of the Nation: Women’s Political Writing in England, 1780-1830. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2000.
  • Mendelson, Sara H. Margaret Cavendish (Ashgate Critical Essays on Women Writers in England, 1550-1700, Vol. 7). Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2009.
  • Midgley, Clare. Women Against Slavery: The British Campaigns, 1780-1870. New York: Routledge, 1992.
  • O’Brien, Karen. Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • Pal, Carol. Republic of Women: Rethinking the Republic of Letters in the Seventeenth Century. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Parker, Lindsay A.H. Writing the Revolution: A French Woman’s History in Letters. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Perry, Ruth. The Celebrated Mary Astell: An Early English Feminist. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1986.
  • Poovey, Mary. The Proper Lady and the Woman Writer: Ideology as Style in the Works of Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, and Jane Austen. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1984.
  • Prescott, Sarah. Women, Authorship and Literary Culture, 1690 – 1740. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
  • Rendall, Jane. The Origins of Modern Feminism: Women in Britain, France, and the United States, 1780-1860. London: Macmillan, 1985.
  • Ritchie, Fiona. Women and Shakespeare in the Eighteenth Century. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • Sapiro, Virginia. A Vindication of Political Virtue: The Political Theory of Mary Wollstonecraft. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1992.
  • Sarasohn, Lisa T. The Natural Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish: Reason and Fancy during the Scientific Revolution. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
  • Schellenberg, Betty A. The Professionalization of Women Writers in Eighteenth-Century Britain. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • Schiebinger, Londa. The Mind Has No Sex? Women in the Origins of Modern Science. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1989.
  • Scott, Joan Wallach. Only Paradoxes to Offer: French Feminists and the Rights of Man. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997.
  • Scott, Walter S. The Bluestocking Ladies. London: John Green & Co., 1947.
  • Small, Miriam Rossiter. Charlotte Ramsay Lennox: An Eighteenth Century Lady of Letters. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1935.
  • Smith, Hilda L. Reason’s Disciples: Seventeenth Century English Feminists. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1982.
  • Spencer, Samia I., ed. French Women and the Age of Enlightenment. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1984.
  • Steegmuller, Francis. A Woman, A Man, And Two Kingdoms: The Story of Madame d’Epinay and the Abbe Galiani. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991.
  • Taylor, Barbara. Eve and the New Jerusalem: Socialism and Feminism in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Pantheon Books, 1983.
  • Taylor, Barbara. Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
  • Todd, Janet. The Sign of Angellica: Women, Writing and Fiction, 1600-1800. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992.
  • Wade, Ira O. Voltaire and Madame Du Châtelet: An Essay on the Intellectual Activity at Cirey. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1941.
  • Walker, Gina Luria. Mary Hays (1759-1843): The Growth of a Woman’s Mind. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006.
  • Whitaker, Katie. Mad Madge: The Extraordinary Life of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, the First Woman to Live by Her Pen. New York: Basic Books, 2002.
  • Wilson, Brett D. A Race of Female Patriots: Women and Public Spirit on the British Stage, 1688-1745. Lanham, MD: Bucknell University Press/Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.
  • Wright, Lynn Marie and Donald J. Newman, eds. Fair Philosopher: Eliza Haywood and the Female Spectator. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2006.
  • Zinsser, Judith P. La Dame d’Esprit: A Biography of the Marquise Du Châtelet. New York: Viking, 2006.
  • Zinsser, Judith P. Émilie Du Châtelet: Daring Genius of the Enlightenment. New York: Penguin, 2006.
  • Zinsser, Judith and Julie C. Hayes, eds. Émilie Du Châtelet: Rewriting Enlightenment Philosophy and Science. Oxford, UK: Voltaire Foundation, 2006.
  • Zook, Melinda. Protestantism, Politics, and Women in Britain, 1660-1714. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

One Thought on this Post

  1. You could make a separate list of titles, perhaps as long, dealing with Rousseau’s relationships with women and his ideas about them. And don’t I know it!

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