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Gender and Enlightenment Culture in Eighteenth-Century Scotland

Rosalind Carr

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Presents major new research on gender in the Scottish Enlightenment

What role did gender play in the Scottish Enlightenment? Combining intellectual and cultural history, this book explores how men and women experienced the Scottish Enlightenment. It examines Scotland in a European context, investigating ideologies of gender and cultural practices among the urban elites of Scotland in the 18th century.

The book provides an in-depth analysis of men's construction and performance of masculinity in intellectual clubs, taverns and through the violent ritual of the duel. Women are important actors in this story, and the book presents an analysis of women's contribution to Scottish Enlightenment culture, and it asks why there were no Scottish bluestockings.

Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Gender and Scottish Enlightenment Culture
1. Masculinity, Homosociality and Intellectual Culture
2. Women and Intellectual Culture
3. Urbane and Urban Sociability in Enlightenment Edinburgh
4. Enlightened Violence? Elite Manhood and the Duel
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography.

About the Author

Rosalind Carr is a cultural historian of early modern Scotland. A lecturer in History at the University of East London, she completed her PhD at the University of Glasgow, and has previously taught at the University of Sheffield, and held a postdoctoral fellowship with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh. She has published articles on women and early modern Scottish political history, and on Scottish masculinities.

Reviews

‘An assured debut monograph written in readable prose which will be interesting to advanced students and specialists alike.’

- Robin Mills, University College London, The Scottish Historical Review

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