Gender, Class and Cultural Revolution

  • Gary Kelly


Mary Wollstonecraft was a Revolutionary feminist — an advocate of the rights or claims of women in a specific revolutionary situation. There were two related aspects of that situation: the French Revolution and the cultural revolution that founded the modern state in Britain.1 Many cultural revolutionaries in Britain saw the Revolution in France, at least in its early stages, as an example of what they themselves could achieve. But the British cultural revolution was itself a field of struggle in which the fortunes of various contestants, including Revolutionary feminism, were influenced by the changing course of the French Revolution. Paradoxically, the Revolution soon turned against feminists in France, yet it was also used as a reason to reject feminism, along with other forms of ‘innovation’ or ‘French principles’, in Britain.


Eighteenth Century Cultural Revolution French Revolution Literary Culture Patronage System 
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  • Gary Kelly
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  1. 1.University of AlbertaCanada

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