Barbara Taylor

Barbara Taylor

Biography

Barbara Taylor is a historian who has written extensively on feminist ideas in the late eighteenth and nineteenth century. Her book Eve and the New Jerusalem: Socialism and Feminism in the Nineteenth Century (Harvard: Harvard University Press, 1983) was the first to reveal the feminist dimension of the utopian socialism of the 1830s and 1840s while her intellectual biography Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003) analysed the relationship between reason and passion in the work of this pioneer figure of western feminism. In the 1970s and 80s she was a member of the Women’s History Group, the Political Economy of Women, the Lacan study group, taught Women's Studies and served on the editorial collectives of the socialist-feminist journal Red Rag and History Workshop Journal.

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