Theresa Ann Smith

in The Emerging Female Citizen

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245839
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932227 | DOI:

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This book explores the broad reach of women's thought and activity in eighteenth-century Spain and what their new visibility meant in the Spanish context. Women's expanding public activities coincided with two important trends in Spain: the emergence of new institutions of sociability and discourse, and a push by leading Spanish intellectuals to reinvent the Spanish nation. In other words, women's participation went hand in hand with the development of a significant community of thinkers devoted to basic Enlightenment tenets of reason and progress. Women's presence and their often eager participation in new Enlightenment institutions affected the intellectual consideration of “the woman question” to a profound degree. This book examines the social debates by and about women—how intellectual discourse and women's actions worked together to define women's roles in the emerging nation in eighteenth-century Spain. One such debate involved Jürgen Habermas's public sphere.

Keywords: Spain; women; intellectuals; public sphere; sociability; intellectual discourse; Enlightenment; woman question; Jürgen Habermas

Chapter.  5894 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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