By S. Roseneil
Past Citizenship? Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging pushes debates approximately citizenship and feminist politics in new instructions, tough us to imagine 'beyond citizenship', and to have interaction in feminist re-theorizations of the event and politics of belonging.
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In what follows, I trace two different, yet overlapping trajectories that suggest how Williams’ text and project became inﬂuential in articulating a rhetorical and collective feminist model of citizenship. One such trajectory is constituted by her experimentation with the epistolary form in order to create a political genre that uses an affective and rhetorical mode to blur private and collective notions of belonging and representation. This discussion focuses on Williams’ and Burke’s opposing ideological uses of the letter in the revolution controversy.
For late-eighteenth century feminists, the collective envisioning of political belonging and representation also aimed at a more inclusive stance towards gender and difference. Hence, in the revolutionary era, experimentation with collective and cosmopolitan vocabularies emerged as feminist strategies that intervene in the implicit masculine gendering of the citizen. By focussing on the question of how universal notions of humanity and rights can be accomplished without homogenizing identity, recent scholarly interest in cosmopolitanism echoes some of the concerns of these eighteenth-century feminist predecessor.