Socializing Philosophy: Gender, Fiction, and Theory in British Romanticism

By examining representations of the female philosopher in a variety of textual cultures, this project aims at revising some of the paradigms that dominate our understanding of romantic authorship.

About the project

The period which most often is referred to as the Romantic Period in Anglo-American literary studies has conventionally been associated with an aesthetics based on solitude and the sublime. Within this paradigm, authorship and cultural production have been conceptualized as an individual, solitary, and mainly masculine activity, and as a result, the female intellectuals of the period has in modern canons of feminist thinking been represented as “exceptional,” decontextualized thinkers. By situating the romantic, British female philosophers in their intellectual networks, my project will point to ways in which their writing, debating cultures and publishing activities can be understood as forms of social authorship. “Socializing Philosophy” will also examine the significance of this “social” and “collective” approach in relation to the female philosophers engagements with forms of theoretical agencies and their contributions to the ideological and philosophical controversies of the period.


The Norwegian Research Council, 2009-2011

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