Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: A Sourcebook / Edition 1

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Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) is the founding text of modern feminism. In this sourcebook, Adriana Craciun provides the ideal starting point for students new to Wollstonecraft's revolutionary work, providing carefully focused introductory materials combined with reprinted and newly annotated source documents.
Key materials in this sourcebook include:
*letters by Wollstonecraft and important contemporary documents
*nineteenth-century responses to the text
*twentieth-century critical readings
*annotated key passages, cross-referenced to critical texts
*suggestions for further reading.
This is the essential guide to a key literary and political text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415227360
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Series: Routledge Guides to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Adriana Craciun lectures at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the editor of Charlotte Dacre's Zofloya, or The Moor(1997), co-editor of Rebellious Hearts: British Women Writers and The French Revolution (2001) and author of the forthcoming Fatal Women of Romanticism (2002).

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface xii
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1
1 Contexts
Contextual Overview 7
Chronology 12
Contemporary Documents 17
Sources of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 17
from Emile, or On Education (1762) 17
Letters on Education (1790) 22
Letters by Wollstonecraft 23
To Catharine Macaulay Graham, 1790, on women 23
To Mary Hays, 1792, on publishing 24
To Gilbert Imlay, 1794, on imagination 25
To Gilbert Imlay, 1795, on sex and sentiment 27
To William Godwin, 1796, on her writing 28
To Amelia Alderson (Opie), 1797, on marriage 29
2 Interpretations
Critical History 33
Nineteenth-Century Responses 39
Romantic-Period Responses and Reviews 39
Review of Rights of Woman in Monthly Review (1792) 39
A Vindication of the Rights of Brutes (1792) 40
"The Rights of Woman" (comp. c.1792, pub. 1825) 41
Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1798) 42
The Unsex'd Females (1798) 44
Review of Godwin's Memoirs, Anti-Jacobin Review (1798) 46
A Letter to the Women of England on the Injustice of Mental Subordination (1799) 47
Letters from the Mountains (1807) 48
"Memoirs of Mary Wollstonecraft" (1800) 49
"Mary" (1801-5) 50
A Defence of the Character and Conduct of the Late Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (1803) 52
"Mary Wollstonecraft," The Sexagenarian (1818) 53
Victorian and Early Twentieth-Century Responses 54
"Fragment of an 'Essay on Woman'" (c.1821) 54
"Mary Wollstonecraft," The English Republic (1854) 55
Harriet Martineau's Autobiography (1877) 56
"Mary Wollstonecraft," New Quarterly Magazine (1878) 57
"Introduction to the New Edition" of Rights of Woman (1890) 58
"Mary Wollstonecraft: Her Tragic Life and Her Passionate Struggle for Freedom" (1911) 59
"Mary Wollstonecraft," The Second Common Reader (1932) 60
Twentieth-Century Responses 62
Wollstonecraft's Political and Social Arguments 62
Wollstonecraft's Dilemma: Equality vs. Difference 62
Wollstonecraft and Liberal Individualism 63
Wollstonecraft and Separate-Spheres Ideology 65
Wollstonecraft and Sensibility 67
Wollstonecraft and Slavery 69
Wollstonecraft and Religion 71
Wollstonecraft and Nationalism 73
Wollstonecraft on the Body and Sexuality 75
Wollstonecraft and Self-Control 75
Wollstonecraft and Sexuality 76
Wollstonecraft and (Anti)Commercialism 77
Wollstonecraft and Sexual Distinction 79
Wollstonecraft and Physical Abuse 80
Wollstonecraft and Physical Strength 82
Wollstonecraft and Literary Traditions 84
Wollstonecraft's Early Reception 84
Wollstonecraft as Literary Critic 86
Wollstonecraft's Discourse 88
Wollstonecraft and Imagination 90
3 Key Passages
Introduction 95
Key Passages of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 101
Hints 161
4 Further Reading
Recommended Editions of Wollstonecraft 167
Recommended Book-Length Studies of Wollstonecraft 168
Further Reading 169
Index 173
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