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British Women Writers and the Writing of History, 1670-1820

by Devoney Looser

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Until recently, history writing has been understood as a male enclave from which women were restricted, particularly prior to the 19th century. This work takes a look at British women writers and their contributions to historiography during the long 18th century. It asks why, rather than writing history that included their own sex, some women of this period chose to write the same kind of history as men -one that marginalized or excluded women altogether. But as Devoney Looser demonstrates, although British women's historically informed writings were not necessarily feminist or even female-focused, they were intimately involved in debates over and conversations about the genre of history.… (more)

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