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Dinah Birch, 30 August 1990

The Sign of Angellica: Women, Writing and Fiction, 1660-1800 
by Janet Todd.
Virago, 328 pp., £12.99, April 1989, 0 86068 576 4
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Uneven Developments: The Ideological Work of Gender in Mid-Victorian Britain 
by Mary Poovey.
Virago, 282 pp., £12.99, February 1989, 1 85381 035 5
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The Woman Question. Society and Literature In Britain and America, 1837-1883: Vols I-III 
edited by Elizabeth Helsinger, Robin Lauterbach Sheets and William Veeder.
Chicago, 146 pp., £7.95, February 1989, 0 226 32666 7
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Sexual Science: The Victorian Construction of Womanhood 
by Cynthia Eagle Russett.
Harvard, 245 pp., £15.95, June 1989, 9780674802902
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... social policies and prejudices, continues to exert a powerful attraction for feminist critics. Mary Poovey has written on women’s writing in the Romantic period: in Uneven Developments she turns her attention to Victorian England. She defines her methodologies as those of post-structuralist versions of formalism, Marxism and ...

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Steven Shapin: William Petty, 20 January 2011

William Petty and the Ambitions of Political Arithmetic 
by Ted McCormick.
Oxford, 347 pp., £63, September 2010, 978 0 19 954789 0
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... worked over before by scholars concerned with the practices of modern state-making – notably by Mary Poovey, Patrick Carroll and any number of Foucault-followers writing about ‘governmentality’ – but McCormick does something substantially new: he interprets Petty’s work in Ireland both biographically and as a project emerging out of, and ...

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