Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination / Edition 1
  • Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination / Edition 1
  • Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination / Edition 1

Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination / Edition 1

by Barbara Taylor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521004179

ISBN-13: 9780521004176

Pub. Date: 03/01/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In the two centuries since Mary Wollstonecraft published A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), she has become western feminism's leading icon, a stature that has obscured her actual historic significance. Examining in detail Wollstonecraft's writings, Barbara Taylor provides an alternative reading of her as a writer steeped in the utopianism of Britain's…  See more details below

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In the two centuries since Mary Wollstonecraft published A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), she has become western feminism's leading icon, a stature that has obscured her actual historic significance. Examining in detail Wollstonecraft's writings, Barbara Taylor provides an alternative reading of her as a writer steeped in the utopianism of Britain's radical Enlightenment. Her feminist principles are shown to have arisen within a revolutionary program for universal equality and moral perfection that reached its zenith during the political upheavals of the 1790s but had its roots in the radical-Protestant Enlightenment. Locating Wollstonecraft within her literary and political milieus, and tracing the relationship between her feminist radicalism and her troubled personal history, the book draws a compelling portrait of this fascinating and profoundly influential thinker. Barbara Taylor, a reader in History in the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of East London, is an intellectual and cultural historian specializing in the history of feminism from 1750-1850. Her first book, Eve and the New Jerusalem: Socialism and Feminism in the Nineteenth Century (Pantheon, 1983) is a study of the feminist dimension of British Utopian Socialism. It was published to widespread acclaim and she has been awarded many research grants, including fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, the British Academy and the Guggenheim Foundation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521004176
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Romanticism Series, #56
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction: Mary Wollstonecraft and the paradoxes of feminism; Part I. Imagining Women: 1. The female philosopher; 2. The chimera of womanhood; 3. For the love of God; Part II. Feminism and Revolution: 4. Wollstonecraft and British radicalism; 5. Perfecting civilization; 6. Gallic philosophesses; 7. Women vs. the polity; 8. The female citizen; 9. Jemima and the beginnings of modern feminism; Epilogue: the fantasy of Mary Wollstonecraft; Bibliography.

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