Bradshaw, Penelope (2005) The limits of Barbauld's feminism: re-reading "The Rights of Woman". European Romantic Review, 16 (1). pp. 23-37. Full text not available from this repository.
This essay considers the evidence by which our critical understanding of Barbauld's attitude toward eighteenth-century feminist debates has been reconstructed and questions current critical interpretations of her position on the gender politics of the period. It focuses on her widely anthologized poem “The Rights of Woman” and examines why this text has been frequently interpreted as a reactionary response to Wollstonecraftian feminism. The essay challenges this assumption and, after considering a range of textual and contextualizing evidence, argues that far from revealing hostility to the cause of women's rights, this poem actually offers a perceptive analysis of the ideological and legal impediments to that cause.
|Journal or Publication Title:||European Romantic Review|
|ISSN:||Print: 011050-9585, online: 1740-4657|
|Departments:||Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Institute of the Arts|
|Pre 2016 Departments:||Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Arts and Humanities|
|Depositing User:||Insight Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||05 Nov 2010 11:38|
|Last Modified:||26 Aug 2016 16:08|
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