"Thinking Minds of Both Sexes": Patriotism, British Bluestockings and the Wars against Revolutionary America and France, 1775–1802

Title"Thinking Minds of Both Sexes": Patriotism, British Bluestockings and the Wars against Revolutionary America and France, 1775–1802
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMacleod, Emma V.
EditorHagemann, Karen, Gisela Mettele, and Jane Rendall
Book TitleGender, War and Politics: Transatlantic Perspectives, 1775-1830
Pagination247-264
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
CityBasingstoke
Abstract

This paper focuses on the correspondence of two prominent British bluestockings, Anna Seward and Elizabeth Carter, analyzing their engagement with the political and military issues raised by the wars. It discusses the nature of patriotism in late eighteenth-century Britain, and the types of patriotism open to women. Female patriotism usually indicated charitable donations and a focus on the human consequences of war. Women writers were not expected to deal intelligently with the political and military aspects of war, but the bluestockings vigorously discussed the political issues at stake in the semi-public medium of their correspondence. The paper suggests that independent patriotism was another form of patriotism open to these women, a non-gendered, non-partisan engagement with the political affairs of one's country.
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