Moral Economies of Nature, Religion and Science

  • Eamon Wright

Abstract

At the end of the eighteenth century, British women writers across a range of political sympathies, such as Maria Edgeworth, Hannah More and Mary Wollstonecraft, were keen to demonstrate that they too had witty, enquiring and hungry minds just like men. Women writers used literature, therefore, as a vehicle to explore ‘nature’, ‘reason’ and ‘education’; their dialogue pivoted around the possession of, and the ability to express, rationality. This was an exposition of personal and social development, and was in essence an ideological and political battle waged inside British culture. At its heart were sexual and racial subjectivities.

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