“The Age of Beauvoir: A Culture History of Feminist Thought and the Gender Revolution, 1750-2000” This current book project examines the intellectual and cultural roots of a feminist consciousness in America. Beginning with the earliest feminist response to the Enlightenment, the research aims to follow the ideational currents to the end of the twentieth century, when feminist thinking was at its zenith. It considers not only the intellectual contribution of key leaders but the popularization of feminist sensibilities and anti-feminist reaction. The mixed reception to Simone de Beauvoir’s groundbreaking book The Second Sex (1953) offers a frame for research into the development of feminism and its wide cultural dissemination. The implications of this research is a greater understanding of the influence of feminism as a set of culture-shaping ideas and illumination of the moral tensions experienced in defining the gendered self. Research partially funded by the New England Regional Consortium.
Photo: Simone de Beauvoir at work
Other Work in Progress:
Essay, “Liberation Theology” for the forthcoming T & T Clark Handbook of Modern Theology.
Essay, ” The Gender of Ideas: Women and Men Thinking ” for Gender in American Thought (GAT): The GAT Project is a collaboration with other scholars who seek to incorporate a more detailed gender analysis in the history of American thought. Editorial board for Modern Intellectual History Forum on Gender in American Thought.
Recently published essay:
Essay, ” ‘ Pray to God; she will hear us’: Women Reimagine Religion and Politics in the 1970s” in The Religious Left in Modern America: Doorkeepers of a Radical Faith (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) edited by Douglas Rossinow, Leilah Danielson, and Marian Mollin.