Mary Wollstonecraft

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Mary Wollstonecraft

Writers and Their Work


January 2nd, 1999

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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.

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Jane Moore is Lecturer in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory and the Department of English Literature at Cardiff University, Wales. She has published extensively on Wollstonecraft and is joint editor of The Feminist Reader: Essays in Gender and the Politics of Literary Criticism Second Edition (1997).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Title2
Title Page4
Biographical Outline8
Abbreviations and References12
1 Introduction: An Extraordinary Woman14
2 Early Rebellion: Thoughts on the Education of Daughters, Mary. A Fiction, and ‘The Cave of Fancy’22
3 Professional Works: Original Stories from Real Life, The Female Reader, Translations, and Reviews37
4 Revolutionary Protest: A Vindication of the Rights of Men, Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and The Wrongs of Woman: or, Maria. A Fragment45
5 Romantic Ventures: An Historical and Moral View of the Origin and Progress of the French Revolution and ‘Letters to Imlay’61
6 Final Destinations: Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, and Posthumous Works74
Select Bibliography95