Woman In Mind

Author: Alan Ayckbourn
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571318223
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Woman In Mind. The central character of Alan Ayckbourn's new play is Susan, a parson's wife, 'one of the most moving and devastating that he has created...' Robin Thornber reviewing the first production in Scarborough in the Guardian.

Woman In Mind December Bee

Author: Alan Ayckbourn
Publisher: Samuel French
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Woman In Mind December Bee . Deals with the gradual mental collapse of a woman -- a collapse which appears to be precipitated by being knocked unconcious by a garden rake. Starved of affection and love by a boring husband and a priggish son, Susan conjures up an ideal family who comes to her garden.

Plays By Alan Ayckbourn Book Guide

Author: Books Llc
Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series
ISBN: 9781156660867
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Plays By Alan Ayckbourn Book Guide . Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Woman in Mind, Private Fears in Public Places, Haunting Julia, Damsels in Distress, Snake in the Grass, Life and Beth, Gameplan, Drowning on Dry Land, Sugar Daddies, Roleplay, Improbable Fiction, Things That Go Bump, Flatspin, if I Were You, Henceforward..., Absurd Person Singular, the Norman Conquests, Confusions, House

The Mind Has No Sex

Author: Londa Schiebinger
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674576254
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The Mind Has No Sex . As part of his attempt to secure a place for women in scientific culture, the Cartesian Francois Poullain de la Barre asserted as long ago as 1673 that "the mind has no sex?" In this rich and comprehensive history of women's contributions to the development of early modem science, Londa Schiebinger examines the shifting fortunes of male and female equality in the sphere of the intellect. Schiebinger counters the "great women" mode of history and calls attention to broader developments in scientific culture that have been obscured by time and changing circumstance. She also elucidates a larger issue: how gender structures knowledge and power. It is often assumed that women were automatically excluded from participation in the scientific revolution of early modem Europe, but in fact powerful trends encouraged their involvement. Aristocratic women participated in the learned discourse of the Renaissance court and dominated the informal salons that proliferated in seventeenth-century Paris. In Germany, women of the artisan class pursued research in fields such as astronomy and entomology. These and other women fought to renegotiate gender boundaries within the newly established scientific academies in order to secure their place among the men of science. But for women the promises of the Enlightenment were not to be fulfilled. Scientific and social upheavals not only left women on the sidelines but also brought about what the author calls the "scientific revolution in views of sexual difference?" While many aspects of the scientific revolution are well understood, what has not generally been recognized is that revolution came also from another quarter--the scientific understanding of biological sex and sexual temperament (what we today call gender). Illustrations of female skeletons of the ideal woman--with small skulls and large pelvises--portrayed female nature as a virtue in the private realm of hearth and home, but as a handicap in the world of science. At the same time, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century women witnessed the erosion of their own spheres of influence. Midwifery and medical cookery were gradually subsumed into the newly profess ionalized medical sciences. Scientia, the ancient female personification of science, lost ground to a newer image of the male researcher, efficient and solitary--a development that reflected a deeper intellectual shift. By the late eighteenth century, a self-reinforcing system had emerged that rendered invisible the inequalities women suffered. In reexamining the origins of modem science, Schiebinger unearths a forgotten heritage of women scientists and probes the cultural and historical forces that continue to shape the course of scientific scholarship and knowledge.