Modern feminism has deep roots. Over the past 2500 years, female writers and thinkers across the world have expressed their feelings about gender roles, their frustrations and successes, their struggles for equality. This four-volume anthology brings together the richest collection of feminist texts available with over 120 entries, most of them complete essays or chapters, arranged broadly chronologically. Readers can juxtapose seventeenth-century 'New World' feminist writing with European counterparts, historical with poststructuralist feminist writing, Asian with Anglophone voices and 'difference feminism' with universalist statements. Each text features an editorial headnote and annotation, while the general introduction sets feminism in its historical and global contexts. The anthology's inclusion of multiple genres - letters and poems as well as philosophical or polemical prose - offers new possibilities for the study of genre and feminist discourse.
Sharon M. Harris is Professor of English and Director of the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut. Linda K. Hughes is Addie Levy Professor of Literature at Texas Christian University.
Volume 1: Introduction Sharon M. Harris and Linda K. Hughes; 1. 'Hymn to Aphrodite' Sappho; 2. From The Book of the City of Ladies Christine de Pisan; 3. From The Worth of Women Moderata Fonte; 4. 'Eve's Apology' Aemilia Lanyer; 5. 'The Equality of Men and Women' Marie de Jars de Gournay; 6. 'The Prologue', 'The Author to her Book', 'In Honour of ... Queen Elizabeth' Anne Bradstreet; 7. From Paternal Tyranny Arcangela Tarabotti; 8. 'Women's Speaking Justified' Margaret Askew Fell Fox; 9. 'A Philosophical Satire' Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz; 10. 'Petition of Mary Easty' Mary Easty; 11. From A Serious Proposal to the Ladies for the Advancement of their True and Greatest Interest and from Reflections upon Marriage Mary Astell; 12. 'Epistle from Mrs Yonge to her Husband' Lady Mary Wortley Montagu; 13. From New Reflections on the Fair Sex Anne Therese de Marguenat de Courcelles, Marquise de Lambert; 14. 'We the Widows' New York Widows; 15. From WOMAN Not Inferior to MAN Sophia, A Person of Quality; 16. 'An Essay on Woman' Mary Leapor; 17. Letter to the Countess of Bute Lady Mary Wortley Montagu; 18. From The History of Lady Sophia Sternheim Sophie von La Roche; 19. Letters to John Adams and Mercy Otis Warren Abigail Smith Adams; 20. From The Sentiments of an American Woman Esther Deberdt Reed; 21. 'Petition of an African Slave' Belinda; 22. From Letters on Education Catharine Macaulay; 23. 'On the Equality of the Sexes' Judith Sargent Murray; 24. From On the Admission of Women to the Rights of Citizenship Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas de Caritat, Marquis de Condorcet; 25. From Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen Olympe de Gouges; 26. From A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects Mary Wollstonecraft; 27. From Letters for Literary Ladies Maria Edgeworth. Volume 2: 1. From Course of Popular Lectures Frances Wright D'Arusmont; 2. From Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Woman Sarah Moore Grimke; 3. From A Plain Letter to the Lord Chancellor on the Infant Custody Bill Caroline Norton; 4. 'Why I Mention Women' from The Workers' Union Flora Tristan; 5. From Letter to Mary Russell Mitford Elizabeth Barrett Browning; 6. From Woman in the Nineteenth Century Margaret Fuller; 7. 'Declaration of Sentiments' Seneca Falls Convention; 8. Address Elizabeth Cady Stanton; 9. 'Aren't I a Woman' Sojourner Truth; 10. 'Marriage of Lucy Stone under Protest' Lucy Stone; 11. From 'Aurora Leigh' Elizabeth Barrett Browning; 12. 'An Appeal to the Females of the African Methodist Episcopal Church' Mary Still; 13. From Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands Mary Seacole; 14. 'Cassandra' Florence Nightingale; 15. From A Woman's Philosophy of Woman; or, Woman Affranchised Jenny D'Hericourt; 16. 'We Are All Bound up Together' Frances Ellen Watkins Harper; 17. 'Petition presented to the House of Commons by Mr J. Stuart Mill, June 7th, 1866' Helen Taylor; 18. From The Education and Employment of Women Josephine E. Butler; 19. From The Subjection of Women John Stuart Mill; 20. 'Manifesto' and 'A New Political Party and a New Party Platform' Victoria Claflin Woodhull; 21. 'Some Account of a Proposed New College for Women' Emily Davies; 22. The United States vs Susan B. Anthony Susan B. Anthony; 23. 'What Do We Want?' and 'Equality of Rights' Francisca Senhorinha da Matta Diniz; 24. From The Sexes throughout Nature Antoinette Brown Blackwell; 25. 'The Practice of Medicine by Women' Sophia Jex-Blake; 26. 'Wife-Torture in England' Frances Power Cobbe; 27. 'Coloured Women of America' Frances Ellen Watkins Harper; 28. 'Protection for the Working Woman' Augusta Webster; 29. 'The Capacity of Women' Edith Simcox; 30. 'Marriage' Mona Caird; 31. 'Woman versus the Indian' Anna Julia Cooper; 32. From Dreams Olive Schreiner; 33. 'A Dream of 'Dreams' and 'From our Emancipated Aunt