Woman to Woman
FEMALE NEGOTIATIONS DURING THE LONG EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
Edited by CAROLYN D. WILLIAMS, ANGELA ESCOTT, and LOUISE DUCKLING
In recent years, scholars have started to look beyond contemptuous representations of chaotic female communities
and are beginning to reveal a neglected history of women’s cooperative activity. Woman to Woman provides a multi-
disciplinary approach to this underexplored theme in order to demonstrate the rich diversity and productivity of
female relationships. This collection provides the basis for a more thorough exploration of the benign and beneficial
qualities of female communities.
Part I focuses on blood ties, analyzing a range of family relationships; Part II explores female sociability, including
various forms of negotiation and co-operation between female friends and companions; Part III provides fascinating
new readings of historic figures and events, highlighting the collaborative activity of extraordinary, adventurous
women who knowingly risked their lives in order to achieve their goals, including the contemporary exploits of
Emma Hamilton and the founding mothers of New France in Canada, and Boadicea’s inspiring historical example.
Contributors: Isobel Grundy, Carolyn D. Williams, Angela Escott, Louise Duckling, Mary Waldron, Joanna
Goldsworthy, Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Judith Bailey Slagle, Jessica Munns, Penny Richards, Jennie Batchelor, Betty
Hagglund, Judith Hawley, Julie Peakman, and Tanis Hinchcliffe.
About the Editors: Carolyn D. Williams is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Reading. Angela Escott is a music
librarian in London. Louise Duckling is an independent scholar in Suffolk, England.
Hardcover, 6 X 9 inches, bibliography, notes, index, 264 pages
ISBN 978-0-87413-088-1, Price $60.00 (University of Delaware Press)