April 2017 Academic & Specialist Edinburgh University Press

A Feminine Enlightenment: British Women Writers and the Philosophy of Progress, 1759-1820 JoEllen DeLucia

Drawing on the archival research, this book argues that women writers shaped Enlightenment conversations regarding the role of emotion and gender in the civilizing process. It uncovers evidence of women writers' participation in the Scottish Enlightenment's theorization of sentiment and historical progress.