Mary Wollstonecraft: Philosophical Mother Of Coeducation

Mary Wollstonecraft: Philosophical Mother Of Coeducation

by Susan Laird
     
 

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Best known as author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), if not also as mother of Frankenstein's author Mary Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft survived domestic violence and unusual independent womanhood to write engaging letters, fiction, history, critical reviews, handbooks and treatises. Her work on coeducational thought was a major early

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Best known as author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), if not also as mother of Frankenstein's author Mary Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft survived domestic violence and unusual independent womanhood to write engaging letters, fiction, history, critical reviews, handbooks and treatises. Her work on coeducational thought was a major early modern influence upon the development of a post-Enlightenment tradition, and continues to have vital relevance today.

Celebrated as an early modern feminist, abolitionist and socialist philosopher, Wollstonecraft had little formal schooling, but still worked as a governess, school-teacher and educational writer. This succinct critical account of that prolific research begins by recounting her revolutionary self-education. Susan Laird explains how Wollstonecraft came to criticize moral flaws in both men's and women's private education based on irrational assumptions about 'sexual character' under the Divine Right of Kings. It was to remedy those moral flaws of monarchist education that Wollstonecraft theorized her influential, but incomplete, concept of publicly financed, universal, egalitarian coeducation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781472504869
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
12/18/2014
Series:
Bloomsbury Library of Educational Thought Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Susan Laird is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and Human Relations at University of Oklahoma, US, where she is also graduate program coordinator in Educational Studies. She is a past president of the Philosophy of Education Society and co-founder of the Society for Educating Women. Editor of Philosophy of Education 1997 and author of many articles and book chapters, she is best known for her philosophical and literary studies of education, gender, aesthetics and food ethics.

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