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9780195094930

Moral Sex Woman's Nature in the French Enlightenment
Moral Sex Woman's Nature in the French Enlightenment
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  • ISBN-13: 9780195094930
  • ISBN: 019509493X
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated

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This book deals with a question that currently has a great deal of resonance among historians, feminists, and literary scholars: How was the nature of women redefined and debated during the French Enlightenment? Instead of treating the Enlightenment in the usual manner, as a challenge to orthodox ideas and social conventions, Lieselotte Steinbrugge interprets it as a deviation from a position staked out in the seventeenth century, namely, "the mind has no sex." In breaking with that view, the philosophes shifted the debate to categories like morality and sensitivity and took up economic issues as well. They inadvertently backed women into the corner of domesticity, where middle-class women remained for some time to come.Steinbrugge, Lieselotte is the author of 'Moral Sex Woman's Nature in the French Enlightenment' with ISBN 9780195094930 and ISBN 019509493X.

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