The Theory of Gendered Sensibility

in Abigail and John Adams

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780226037431
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226037448 | DOI:
The Theory of Gendered Sensibility

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This chapter provides an account of the gendering of Reverend James Fordyce's theory of sensibility in his book titled Sermons to Young Women, which was greatly admired by Abigail Adams. It suggests that this book manifested a clear existential explanation for sensibility's gendering in terms with which Abigail largely agreed. The chapter also discusses Mary Wollstonecraft's criticism on Fordyce's gendered sensibility in her book A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, which she considered as the most damaging form of sexism.

Keywords: gendered sensibility; James Fordyce; Sermons; Abigail Adams; Mary Wollstonecraft; Rights of Woman; sexism

Chapter.  5418 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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