Feminist Interpretations of Mary Astell

Feminist Interpretations of Mary Astell

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Often referred to as a proto-feminist, early modern English philosopher and rhetorician Mary Astell was a pious supporter of monarchy who wrote about gender equality at a time when society tightly constrained female agency. This diverse collection of essays situates her ideas in feminist, historical, and philosophical contexts.

Focusing on Astell’s work and thought, this book explores the degree to which she can be considered a “feminist” in light of her adherence… (more)