Introduction: Gender and Scottish Enlightenment Culture

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Carr, R. 2014. Introduction: Gender and Scottish Enlightenment Culture. in: Gender and Enlightenment Culture in Eighteenth-Century Scotland Edinburgh University of Edinburgh Press.
AuthorsCarr, R.
Abstract

This introduction situates Scotland's Enlightenment in a wider European framework. Concepts of appropriate masculinity and femininity were central features of Scottish Enlightenment discourses of luxury and refinement, and the dominant gender identities that emerged were the polite, refined gentleman motivated by an inner sensibility, and the emotional woman governed by modesty. These were not the only identities available to men and women of eighteenth-century Scotland, but they determined the socially dominant public gender performance among the urban elite. Yet, as the book will show, the exact boundaries of these identities (especially for men) were fluid. Improvement was the unifying thread that held the Enlightenment together, and that enables us to see it as a coherent epistemological and social development. However, in neither thought nor culture was it uniform.

Book titleGender and Enlightenment Culture in Eighteenth-Century Scotland
Year2014
PublisherUniversity of Edinburgh Press
Publication dates
PrintJan 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited24 Oct 2014
Place of publicationEdinburgh
Series Scottish Historical Review Monographs
ISBN9780748646425
Web address (URL)http://www.euppublishing.com/book/9780748646425
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© Rosalind Carr, 2014

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