A Vindication of the Rights of Woman / Edition 3 by Mary Wollstonecraft | 9780393929744 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman / Edition 3

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman / Edition 3

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by Mary Wollstonecraft
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393929744

ISBN-13: 9780393929744

Pub. Date: 02/15/2009

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792) is a work of crucial importance in intellectual history. Considered by most as Western feminism’s central heroine, Wollstonecraft argues that women must be educated to develop their reason in order to throw off the frivolous, debilitating role of man’s plaything. Rather than cultivating power from sexual allure, women

Overview

A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792) is a work of crucial importance in intellectual history. Considered by most as Western feminism’s central heroine, Wollstonecraft argues that women must be educated to develop their reason in order to throw off the frivolous, debilitating role of man’s plaything. Rather than cultivating power from sexual allure, women should be honest, intelligent, and independent. Her concern about how women’s innate worth is denigrated by improper definitions of the feminine in novels, in advice literature, and in educational systems has inspired women for over two centuries to contemplate the connections between power and femininity.

About the Author:
As a young woman Mary Wollstonecraft worked in most of the few acceptable occupations for genteel women: lady’s companion, governess, seamstress, and schoolteacher. Unsatisfied by these conventional positions, Wollstonecraft carved out a career as a female polemicist, publishing in a wide range of genres: articles, reviews, novels, children’s stories, educational tracts, histories, travel writing, and textbooks.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393929744
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/15/2009
Series:
Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
443,287
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition vii

Note on the Text x

The Text of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects 1

Backgrounds and Contexts 205

Legacies of English Radicalism 207

From Paradise Lost John Milton 208

From Second Treatise of Civil Government John Locke 211

From Reflections upon Marriage Mary Astell 214

Education 221

From Some Thoughts Concerning Education John Locke 222

From A Serious Proposal to the Ladies Mary Astell 225

From Emilius and Sophia; or, A New System of Education Jean-Jacques Rousseau 229

From A Father's Legacy to His Daughters John Gregory 236

From Letters on Education Catharine Macaulay 239

From Strctures on the Modern System of Female Education Hannah More 244

Wollstonecraft's Revolutionary Moment 248

From A Discourse on the Love of Our Country Richard Price 249

From Reflections on the Revolution in France Edmund Burke 253

From A Vindication of the Rights of Men Mary Wollstonecraft 258

From An Historical and Moral View of the Origin and Progress of the French Revolution Mary Wollstonecraft 265

The Wollstonecraft Controversy 271

From Review of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Anonymous 272

From Review of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman William Enfield 275

The Rights of Woman Anna Laetitia Barbauld 277

From A Vindication of the Rights of Brutes Thomas Taylor 278

From Letters and Essays, Moral and Miscellaneous Mary Hays 281

From Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman William Godwin 282

From the Unsex'd Females Richard Polwhele 288

From Memoirs of Mary Wollstonecraft Mary Hays 291

From Belinda Maria Edgeworth 294

From The Letters ofShahcoolen Benjamin Silliman 297

From Appeal of One Half the Human Race, Women, against the Pretensions of the Other Half, Men William Thompson 300

Criticism 307

Radical Politics in Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Elissa S. Guralnick 309

Reform or Ruin: "A Revolution in Female Manners" Mitzi Myers 319

From Wild Nights: Pleasure/Sexuality/Feminism Cora Kaplan 335

[A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and Female Sexuality] Mary Poovey 349

From The Distinction of the Sexes Claudia L. Johnson 363

The Religious Foundations of Mary Wollstonecraft's Feminism Barbara Taylor 375

A Chronology Mary Wollstonecraft 396

Selected Bibliography 400

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