Small Change Women, Learning, Patriotism 1750-1810
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
- Publish date: 12/01/2000
- ISBN: 9780226310527
- ISBN10: 0226310523
Small Change considers the celebration of learned women as tokens of national progress in the context of a commercial culture that complicates notions of gender difference. Guest offers a fascinating account of the women of the bluestocking circle, focusing in particular on Elizabeth Carter, hailed as the paradigmatic learned and domestic woman. She discusses the importance of the American war to the changing relation between patriotism and gender in the 1770s and 1780s, and she casts new light on Mary Wollstonecraft's writing of the 1790s, considering it in relation to the anti-feminine discourse of Hannah More and the utopian feminism of Mary Hays.