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.
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