A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds, the Wollstonecraft Debate, Criticism

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The First Edition of this Norton Critical Edition was both an acclaimed classroom text and ahead of its time. This Second Edition offers the best in Wollstonecraft scholarship and criticism since 1976, providing the ideal means for studying the first feminist document written in English.
The text of the work remains that of Wollstonecraft's second edition of 1792, for scholarship has vindicated that choice. The annotations have been greatly ...
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Overview

The First Edition of this Norton Critical Edition was both an acclaimed classroom text and ahead of its time. This Second Edition offers the best in Wollstonecraft scholarship and criticism since 1976, providing the ideal means for studying the first feminist document written in English.
The text of the work remains that of Wollstonecraft's second edition of 1792, for scholarship has vindicated that choice. The annotations have been greatly expanded.
Backgrounds documents more fully the early concern for women's education, with important extracts from the relevant works of John Locke and Mary Astell, as well as three more of Catherine Macaulay's influential "Letters on Education."
A new section, The Wollstonecraft Debate, provides a wide spectrum of opinions about the woman herself, from the nastiness of Richard Polwhele to the adulation of William Blake, balanced by the cool intelligence of George Eliot and Virginia Woolf.
Criticism contains essays by Emma Rauschenbusch-Clough, Carolyn W. Korsmeyer, R. M. Janes, Elissa S. Guralnick, Moira Ferguson and Janet Todd, Mitzi Myers, and Mary Poovey.
A Chronology of Wollstonecraft's life and a Selected Bibliography are also included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393955729
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1987
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797) first achieved fame for her A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), in which she extended the radical idea of the "rights of man" to women and laid the groundwork for modern feminism.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Notes
Select Bibliography
Chronology
Author's Introduction 1
Dedicatory letter to M. Talleyrand-Perigord 7
I The Rights and Involved Duties of Mankind Considered 13
II The Prevailing Opinion of a Sexual Character Discussed 21
III The Same Subject Continued 41
IV Observations on the State of Degradation to which Woman is Reduced by Various Causes 56
V Animadversions on some of the Writers who have Rendered Women Objects of Pity, bordering on Contempt 84
VI The Effect which an Early Association of Ideas has upon the Character 124
VII Modesty--Comprehensively Considered, and not as a Sexual Virtue 131
VIII Morality Undermined by Sexual Notions of the Importance of a Good Reputation 142
IX Of the Pernicious Effects which Arise from the Unnatural Distinctions Established in Society 152
X Parental Affection 163
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