This study argues that protestant society had traditionally sanctioned women's role in spreading literacy, but this became politicized in the 1790s. Wollstonecraft's literary vocation was shaped by the expectations of the power of print to educate and reform individuals and society, in the radical circles of the Unitarian publisher Joseph Johnson.
About the Author
Caroline Franklin is Reader in English at the University of Wales, Swansea.
Table of ContentsPreface and Suggestions for Further Reading Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Chronology 'A genius will educate itself': Mary Wollstonecraft as Autodidact 'When the voices of children are heard on the green': Mary Wollstonecraft the Author-Educator 'The first of a new genus': Proud to be a Female Journalist 'An Amazon stept out': Wollstonecraft and the Revolution Debate 'The true perfection of man': Print, Public Opinion and the Idea of Progress The Commercial Traveller, the Imagination and the Material World 'We did not marry': The Comedy and Tragedy of Marriage in Life and Fiction Postscript Notes Index