A Woman’s Place
Rousseau & the Enlightenment Debate on Women’s Education

Edited by Joanna M. Barker

Critical Texts 80

Modern Humanities Research Association

  Autumn 2021

ISBN: 978-1-839541-22-3 (paperback)  •  RRP £12.99, $17.99, €14.99

ISBN: 978-1-839541-23-0 (JSTOR ebook)

EnlightenmentFrenchPhilosophyPolitics


This book traces the history of the controversy over the education of women in the second half of the eighteenth century, and in particular the influence of Rousseau’s Émile. It includes extracts from the writings of men and women, both English and French. Its intention is not only to introduce a variety of opinions on the subject, but also to put them in context and trace the complex way in which writers responded to Rousseau and also to each other’s published views. It contains thirteen textual extracts arranged in chronological order of first publication, to show how the controversy developed over the forty-year period from 1762 to 1799, a time of dramatic political and social change, and in particular the reaction caused by the shock of the French Revolution and the resulting emphasis on women’s domestic role.

Bibliography entry:

Barker, Joanna M. (ed.), A Woman’s Place: Rousseau & the Enlightenment Debate on Women’s Education, Critical Texts, 80 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2021)

First footnote reference: 35 A Woman’s Place: Rousseau & the Enlightenment Debate on Women’s Education, ed. by Joanna M. Barker, Critical Texts, 80 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2021), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Barker, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Barker, Joanna M. (ed.). 2021. A Woman’s Place: Rousseau & the Enlightenment Debate on Women’s Education, Critical Texts, 80 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Barker 2021: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Barker 2021: 21.

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