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Title: Gender, Space and Identity in Early Eighteenth-Century Literature
Author: Pollard, Kathryn Anne
ISNI:       0000 0001 3493 861X
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis explores the cultural impact of Locke's Essay Concerning Human , Understanding in forging a new and highly influential gendered language of ideas. It examines a range of early. eighteenth-century literature by men and women to explore the ways in which' alternative forms of property were harnessed to differently define the spaces of,the male and female minds. Engaging with recent criticism which has pinpointed this period as being central to a number of new'conceptions and categorisations of space, it therefore examines the consequences of this new language of intellectual property on the ways in which men and women differently perceive and represent the changing world around them. Focussing . particularly on the early periodical it analyses the problems and possibilities of the coffee-house and the drawing room for writers of, and within, Jiirgen Habermas's,emerging public sphere to discover the ways in which real or textual access to, and manipulation of, these spaces determined the authority of the publication. It then examines theways in which metaphors of landed property, linked particularly to colonial exploration and aligned with the male mind, enabled the male writer to assume a textual dominance over the unfamiliar terrain of the postFire city and which defined the archetypal urban observer as exclusively and enduringly male. Finally, it examines the w,llrk of Benedict Anderson and Linda Colley in order to explore contemporary responses to, and perceptions of, new understandings of the nation. It investigates the ways in which metaphors of consumption used to define the female mind meant that the concept of nationhood was anathema to women. Rather it explores the ways in which, through a language of commodity goods, women were able to come to a more extensive knowledge of the world.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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