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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Writing Women's History Since the Renaissance

ISBN 9780333726679
Publication Date January 2003
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Writing Women's History since the Renaissance is the first comprehensive history of women's historical writing since the sixteenth century, focusing particularly on the impact of feminism on history and the development of a distinctly woman-centred historiography. The book surveys the ways in which women participated in the ostensibly masculinist discipline of history before the rise of Women's Liberation, the development of 'women's history' in the 1970s, debates within feminist historiography and the development of specific fields of women's history, as well as the emergence of gender as a category of historical analysis.

MARY SPONGBERG is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She is the author of Feminizing Venereal Disease (Macmillan, 1997), which was short-listed for the Premier's History Prize.

Introduction: Hardly any Women at all?: Women Writers and the Gender of History
PART ONE: Men's History
The Classical Inheritance
All Histories are against You: Women and the History Men
PART TWO: Women's History
Above their Sex? Women's History 'before' Feminism
History's Romantic Heroines: Women's History and Revolutionary Feminism
Heroines of Domestic Life: Women's History and Female Biography
Women's History and the 'Woman Question'
Amateurs or Professionals?: Women's History in the Academy
Clio's Consciousness Raised?: Women's Liberation and Women's History
Liberating Women's History?: Feminism and the Reconstruction of History
Surpassing the History of Men: Women's History and Lesbian History
Conclusion: Dealing with Difference?


'Greatly expands our understanding both of the history of women's writing - and of the nature of the development of history.' - Professor Barbara Caine, Monash University, Australia
'No other survey of women as writers of history. Valuable for courses on women's history and for general courses on historiography and historical method.' - Professor Pat Thane, Institute of Historical Research, London
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