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5.0 out of 5 stars Femininity and 18th Century Culture, 28 April 2008
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M. A. Howell "Mr Howell" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Women in the Eighteenth Century: Constructions of Femininity (World and Word) (Paperback)
"In a period of major political and economic change, definitions of `women' and `femininity' played a crucial part in a wider redefinition of social categoris and social roles, and the anthology's five sections represent significant areas within this debate about women's nature and status." (8) Jones' fascinating anthology sheds new light on my own research of 18th century play production and should be embraced by everyone even vaguely interested in 18th century literature. When describing Wollstonecraft's writing as "feminist radicalism" (9) she supports the cotroversial view that "Feminism" existed as a movement in the 18th century centuries before it gained its formal name. Jones intelligently shows how 18th century culture seriously valued femininity across both genders and remained clearly acceptable of it. She cites primary source evidence in support of her thesis - the first in this area - which has since been taken up by other scholars. It is very surprising that other fields - especially theatre history - have not embraced Jones's important thesis because the plays most frequently performed during the eighteenth cetury value feminine views, despite the fact that farces like Garrick's hit comedy "Miss in her Teens" create characters like Fribble (played by Garrick himself) for spectator ridicule. Mark Howell-Meri
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revelatory anthology, 1 Nov 2013
I wish I'd read this when it first came out. It's a brilliant anthology of extracts from essays, novels and poems by or about women from the late 17th century until 1799. Contributions range from frankly misogynistic denunciations of 'unsexed women' to fiercely feminist polemic. Most of the writers are long-forgotten by non-specialists, but there are several here whose work I will now hunt down as a matter of urgency: clear-headed, urgent, and often wittily angry. It's tempting (for me, anyway) just to read this as an introduction to Austen and Radcliffe, or to focus on those whose arguments feel particularly contemporary, but Jones' selection and analysis is particularly impressive for its sensitivity to the many counter-currents and divergences in proto-feminist thinking. There are extracts here which hints at the richness of a whole literary tradition which has more or less been overwritten and ignored.
From a less scholarly standpoint, it just seems a shame that so much of this writing still feels relevant.
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