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Brilliant Women by Elizabeth Eger
Book DescriptionDuring the eighteenth century a remarkable group of women formed the Bluestocking Salon, where women, and men, met to debate contemporary ideasand to promote the life of the mind. Together, they helped forge new roles for women as thinkers, writers and artists, and their creative achievements werepublicly celebrated. Yet why was their pioneering contribution to society so quickly forgotten? Richly illustrated with portraits and prints, this fascinating book introduces the Bluestocking Circle and reveals the extraordinary vigour of their lives. The authorsElizabeth Eger and Lucy Peltz chart the changing fortunes of the female intellectual, and explore how a number of bluestocking women, such as artistAngelica Kauffmann, historian Catharine Macaulay and early 'feminist' Mary Wollstonecraft, used portraiture to advance their work and their reputations ina period framed by Enlightenment and Revolution. Brilliant Women pays tribute to the forgotten friendships and achievements of these bluestocking women, and establishes their legacy for successivegenerations.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781740666282
(248mm x 195mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Hardie Grant Books
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
Publish Date: 1-May-2008
Country of Publication: Australia
Books By Author Elizabeth Eger
Bluestockings Displayed, Hardback (November 2013)
The first academic and interdisciplinary volume exploring bluestocking portraiture, performance and patronage in eighteenth-century Britain, opening vistas for future scholarship.
Bluestockings, Paperback (January 2010)
This study, now in paperback, argues that female networks of conversation, correspondence and patronage formed the foundation for women's work in the realms of Shakespeare criticism and poetry. Eger traces the transition between Enlightenment and Romantic culture, arguing for the relevance of rational argument in the history of women's writing.
Women, Writing and the Public Sphere, 1700-1830, Paperback (November 2006)
An international team of specialists examine the dynamic relation between women and the public sphere.
Luxury in the Eighteenth Century, Hardback (February 2002)» View all books by Elizabeth Eger
'Luxury in the 18th Century' explores the political, economic, moral and intellectual effects of the production and consumption of luxury goods, and provides a broadly-based account from a variety of perspectives, addressing key themes of economic debate, material culture, the principles of art and taste, luxury as 'female vice' and the exotic.
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