Catharine Macaulay Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Davis, Natalie Zemon. “History's Two Bodies.” In The American Historical Review, Vol. 93, No. 1, February, 1988, pp. 1-30.

Examines how five historians (Etienne Pasquier, Catharine Macaulay, David Hume, Marc Bloch, and Eileen Power) spanning the past five centuries have conceptualized the historical traditions they each inherited and how their struggles with that inheritance led to the field's continuous reform.

Ditchfield, G. M. “Some Literary and Political Views of Catherine Macaulay.” In American Notes and Queries, Vol. 12, No. 4, December, 1973, pp. 70-76.

Uses the diary of Sylas Neville to offer a view of eighteenth century British political radicalism, giving particular attention to Neville's admiration for Macaulay and her condemnation of political tyranny.

Gunther-Canada, Wendy. “The Politics of Sense and Sensibility: Mary Wollstonecraft and Catharine Macaulay Graham on Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France.” In Women Writers and the Early Modern British Political Tradition. Edited by Hilda L. Smith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998, pp. 126-47

Contends that the arguments of Catharine Macaulay and Mary Wollstonecraft in reaction against Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France proved to be pioneer efforts to advance the equal rights of women and associated political reform in Britain.

Hill, Bridget. The Republican Virago: The Life and Times of Catharine Macaulay, Historian, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992, 263 p.

The only full length book devoted exclusively to the life and writings of Catharine Macualay.

Schnorrenberg, Barbara Brandon. “Liberty or Luxury: Catherine Macaulay Graham and the Socio-economic Foundation of the State.” In Transactions of the Eighth International Congress on the Enlightenment. Oxford: The Voltaire Foundation, 1992, pp. 391-93.

Concentrates on themes often ignored in Macaulay's writings, namely her concern for property inheritance and her conviction that the human desire for luxury could undermine the equalitarian principles of the American and French revolutions.

Additional coverage of Macaulay's life and works can be found in the following source published by The Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 104.