Catharine Macaulay et Mary Wollstonecraft : deux femmes dans le débat sur la Révolution française en Angleterre

Abstract : Two Women and the Debate of the French Revolution in Britain. In England, two women participated very early in the debate on the French Revolution aroused by the publication of Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France. Politically radical, and attached to the primacy of reason, Catharine Macaulay and Mary Wollstonecraft attacked Burke’s argument and defended the progress that the Revolution represented. The contribution of Mary Wollstonecraft , who lived in France from 1792 to 1795, is particularly remarkable in the sense that it reveals the difficulties of women in this period to acquire a public voice — women always eager to display their rationality, even though they associating it with the masculine side of their personalities —the feminine element perceived as guided by sentimentality then in vogue, by passions and imagination.
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Marie-Odile Bernez. Catharine Macaulay et Mary Wollstonecraft : deux femmes dans le débat sur la Révolution française en Angleterre. Annales historiques de la Révolution française, Armand Colin, 2006, La prise de parole publique des femmes, pp.161-178. ⟨10.4000/ahrf.6293⟩. ⟨halshs-00459148⟩

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