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Gender and Education in the 18th Century: Negotiating Difference According to Sarah Scott and Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Valérie Cossy
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2021 -> 2021

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


Sarah Scott's novel being out of print, the class is going to focus on Mary Wollstonecraft and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

The aim of this class is to understand the articulation of gender at the dawn of our political modernity between the second half of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the ninenteenth century.
This period corresponds to a key moment in the cultural and political consensus that has shaped inequality between the sexes until it was forcefully and publicly challenged in the twentieth century by a number of feminist movements.

This class is addressing the gender ambiguities of the words "Man" and "Humanity" through two political pamphlets of the 1790s: Wollstonecraft's "Vindication of the Rights of Men" (1790) and "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" (1792), these being read alongside a key text of the Enlightenment that was profoundly significant for Wollstonecraft and for proressive thinking in general: Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Emile.


Moodle key: GenderEdS22

Zoom link for 21 February 10.15:

Valérie Cossy vous invite à une réunion Zoom planifiée.

Sujet : Intro Gender 18th century
Heure : 21 févr. 2022 10:00 Zurich

Participer à la réunion Zoom

ID de réunion : 989 586 0535

Participer à l'aide d'un protocole SIP

Participer à l'aide d'un protocole H.323 (États-Unis (Ouest)) (États-Unis (Est)) (Amsterdam Pays-Bas) (Allemagne)
ID de réunion : 989 586 0535

Presenting Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Mary Wollstonecraft in the context of the Enlightenment.

Better understanding how the terms "humanity", "man", and "woman" were articulated in their own historical context and how they got to be inscribed as subliminally male-centred "universal" concepts shaping modernity in the 19th and 20th centuries .

Students need to read the texts by Rousseau and Wollstonecraft.

Tasks and assignments are going to be indicated on the moodle page of the class.


Validation is awarded on the basis of class participation and an essay of 1500-2000 words, to be handed in before the end of the term.


The books for this class have been ordered from BASTA-Dorigny. They are: Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and A Vindication of the Rights of Men, ed. Janet Todd, OUP World's Classics. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile ou de l'éducation, GF, édition, édition André Charrak

Exigences du cursus d'études

NONE NEEDED! Pas de prérequis en littérature comparée pour cette classe!

Informations supplémentaires


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