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Since the publication of her Vindication of the Rights of Woman in 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft has been justly hailed as a pioneer of feminist thought in the English-speaking world. Yet Wollstonecraft is a much more fascinating figure, her life far richer, and the impact of that life on her ideas a great deal stronger, than an account of one work alone can convey. This study provides an absorbing introduction to the range and diversity of Wollstonecraft's writing. What is revealed is a writer who challenged the prejudices of her day, both in her work and in her life. Drawing on recent feminist and literary scholarship, Jane Moore plots the tensions in Wollstonecraft's argument for female independence, mapping her ambivalence about sexual matters onto her quest for love. The debates that Mary Wollstonecraft aroused have lost none of their power to excite controversy in our time.
About the Author
Jane Moore is a Reader in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University, UK
Table of ContentsContents: Introduction; Part I Survey of the Work and Reputation: Margaret Fuller and Mary Wollstonecraft, George Eliot; Mary Wollstonecraft, her tragic life and her passionate struggle for freedom, Emma Goldman; Mary Wollstonecraft, Virginia Woolf; On the reception of Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Regina M. Janes; Mary Wollstonecraft: texts and contexts, Gary Kelly; Remembering Mary Wollstonecraft on the bicentenary of the publication of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Sylvana Tomaselli. Part II Contexts: History, Politics, Culture: Wollstonecraft and Social, Philosophical and Political Theory: Mary Wollstonecraft: 18th-century commonwealthwoman, G.J. Barker-Benfield; Wollstonecraft, feminism, and democracy: 'being Bastilled', Virginia Sapiro; Mary Wollstonecraft and the 'reserve of reason', Simon Swift; Wollstonecraft, Gender and Enlightenment: Mary Wollstonecraft and Enlightenment desire, Janet Todd; The Enlightenment debate on women, Sylvana Tomaselli; Wollstonecraft Education and Conduct Literature: Her demands for the education of woman, Emma Rauschenbush-Clough; Mary, Mary, quite contrary, or, Mary Astell and Mary Wollstonecraft compared, Regina M. Janes; Advice and enlightenment: Mary Wollstonecraft and sex education, Vivien Jones; Wollstonecraft and the French Revolution: Gender in revolution: Edmund Burke and Mary Wollstonecraft, Tom Furniss; 'The grand causes which combine to carry mankind forward': Wollstonecraft, history and revolution, Jane Rendall; Wollstonecraft and Religion: Sibylline apocalyptics: Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman and Job's mother's womb, Mary Wilson Carpenter; For the love of God: religion and the erotic imagination in Wollstonecraft's feminism, Barbara Taylor; Wollstonecraft and Romanticism: Godwin's Memoirs of Wollstonecraft: the shaping of self and subject, Mitzi Myers; Death in the face of nature: self, society and body in Wollstonecraft's Letters Written in Sweden, N