Reconsidering The Bluestockings

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  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
  • Publisher: Huntington Library Pr
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The Bluestockings were learned English women and men who gathered during the second half of the eighteenth century at the London salons hosted by Elizabeth Montagu and her friend Elizabeth Vesey. The ten essays in this volume, first published in 2003, explore the Bluestockings' social, economic, and intellectual achievements, including the publication of fiction and criticism, their plans for a utopian community, their charitable enterprises, and the management of a large coal-mining concern. The Bluestockings enlarged the boundaries of what women could think, write, and do, less by overt political action than by their exemplary pursuit of intellectual improvement and their commitment to civic virtue in the context of polite sociability.

Table of Contents

Contributors vii
Introduction: A Bluestocking Historiography 1(20)
Nicole Pohl and Betty A. Schellenberg
The Elizabeth Robinson Montagu Collection at the Huntington Library 21(4)
Mary L. Robertson
Biographical Sketches of Principal Bluestocking Women 25(14)
compiled by Anna Miegon
A Bluestocking Bibliography 39(20)
compiled by Janice Blathwayt
Bluestocking Feminism 59(22)
Harriet Guest
Church of England Clergy and Women Writers 81(24)
Susan Staves
Clara Reeve, Provincial Bluestocking: From the Old Whigs to the Modern Liberal State 105(22)
Gary Kelly
"Out rushed a female to protect the Bard": The Bluestocking Defense of Shakespeare 127(26)
Elizabeth Eger
Elizabeth Montagu, Bluestocking Businesswoman 153(22)
Elizabeth Child
The Politics of Sociability: Public Dimensions of the Bluestocking Millennium 175(18)
Emma Major
Two Versions of Community: Montagu and Scott 193(22)
Betty Rizzo
Subjectivity Unbound: Elizabeth Vesey as the Sylph in Bluestocking Correspondence 215(20)
Deborah Heller
"Rags of Mortality": Negotiating the Body in the Bluestocking Letters 235(22)
Jane Magrath
Bluestocking Sapphism and the Economies of Desire 257(20)
Susan S. Lanser
Index 277

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