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By Denise Riley

ISBN-10: 0816617309

ISBN-13: 9780816617302

'A vintage of feminist highbrow heritage. Am I That identify? is a type of Anglo-American finish of innocence for someone who attempts to talk of 'women.' Riley makes the note run, on the grounds that she can't make it stand nonetheless. She deals a background of the way feminism has confronted its paradoxical core.' - Voice Literary complement crucial examining for philosophers, historians, and feminist theorists.' - heritage overview of Books

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Some Enlightenment theorists had advanced their own versions of it; Millar'sDrigin of the-Distine~iopt l'f-RiZnks-in 1771 had included 'women' as indices of civilisation, as a kind of social leaven. 8 Other fonns of installing them in society were more problematic. :ed th~m d~ econvmic. 9·The economic assignation of 'women' continued to be uncertain, but their status as elevating agents was simpler and less troubling. The development of concepts of class generally perpetuated the familiar bifurcation of 'women': into 'human', the aspect which was tractable for theorisation, and into 'different', the aspect which was notoriously less so.

How might 'women' be, in effect, rehabilitated? If the legacy of the eighteenth century had been an intensification of a naturalised femininity, placed firmly in the family, then it's as if these very ascriptions were taken on in the nineteenth century, to be wielded as weapons of women's elevation. ecome a great arena for rlnrn(:'sticfltpcj intf'rvcntion. 1f to thE' sex might t1~IIHj .. h (In ·1 hmad and visible scale. If 'The Social', 'Women', and Sociological Feminism 47 'women' were a separate species, then let them make a separate contribution to the world, and let their efforts humanise the public.

Richardson's Clarissa is a clear example of a sexualised religiosI ty which is being deployed in order to scrutinise religious conviction. '76 There is indeed nothing unprecedented about the ·:onviction that there are close proximities between the spiritual ,md the erotic, exemplified by the mediaeval mystics of both sexes. out a Quterent pnenomenoll altogemef OHuffed wnen me SlOW (>xtension of a homogenising Nature, aided by independent revisions in theological thought, pervaded the idea of the soul of woman so a~ to displace it.

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