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Women's utopias of the eighteenth century

Author: Alessa Johns
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"No human society has ever been perfect, a fact that has led thinkers from Plato onward to conceive of utopias both as a fanciful means of escape from an imperfect reality and as a useful tool with which to design improvements upon it." "The most studied utopias have been proposed by men, but during the eighteenth century a group of reform-oriented female authors put forth a series of works that expressed their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alessa Johns
ISBN: 0252028414 9780252028410
OCLC Number: 50773262
Description: xi, 212 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1: defining feminist utopianism --
Mary Astell's "excited needles": imitation, circulation, and a theory of feminist utopia --
Feminist utopia and the new commercialism --
Part 2: women's utopian visions --
Sarah Fielding: ideal readers and utopian commerce --
Reconceiving the contract: Sarah Scott's self-replicating utopia --
Mary Hamilton: plagiarizing utopia --
Reproducing utopia beyond Britain: Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont's The new Clarissa and Sophie von La Roche's Events at Lake Oneida --
Afterword: a middle way.
Responsibility: Alessa Johns.
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