Mary Wollstonecraft was one of the greatest philosophers and writers of the Eighteenth century. During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book, and a children's book. Her most celebrated and widely-read work is A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. This Guidebook introduces: Wollstonecraft’s life and the background to A Vindication of the Rights of Woman The ideas and text of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Wollstonecraft’s enduring influence in philosophy and our contemporary intellectual life It is ideal for anyone coming to Wollstonecraft’s classic text for the first time and anyone interested in the origins of feminist thought.
Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) is the founding text of modern feminism. In this sourcebook, Adriana Craciun provides the ideal starting point for students new to Wollstonecraft's revolutionary work, providing carefully focused introductory materials combined with reprinted and newly annotated source documents. Key materials in this sourcebook include: *letters by Wollstonecraft and important contemporary documents *nineteenth-century responses to the text *twentieth-century critical readings *annotated key passages, cross-referenced to critical texts *suggestions for further reading. This is the essential guide to a key literary and political text.
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft
Publisher: Hackett Publishing
Release Date: 2013-03-15
This edition features a shrewd, annotated abridgment of Mary Wollstonecrafts A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) accompanied by an array of texts that help situate the Vindication in its political, historical, and intellectual contexts. Included are key selections from Wollstonecrafts other writings; from closely related works by Burke, Paine, Godwin, Rousseau, Macaulay, Talleyrand, and Brockden Brown; and from the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen and de Gouges Declaration of the Rights of Woman and Female Citizen (1791).
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft
Publisher: Pickering & Chatto Publishers
Release Date: 1993-01-01
Mary Wollstonecraft is generally recognized as one of the most influential figures in the early feminist movement. This volume contains two of her political writings, A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790) and A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792). Her reputation as a political writer was established by the publication of A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790), which was a response to Edmund Burke's conservative Reflections on the Revolution in France. The second book in this collection has interested feminists and historians of women's literature as the first sustained argument for female emancipation based on a cogent ethical system.
Parce qu'elle est une philosophe qui intègre l'assujetissement des femmes dans sa vision politique de l'humanité, Mary Wollstonecraft permet d'envisager l'histoire des idées d'une manière radicalement différente : son œuvre tisse pour la première fois en une même trame l'invariant du masculin et du féminin et les notions d'égalité et de justice économique et sociale. On a souvent célébré Mary Wollstonecraft pour de fausses raisons. Elle n'est pas, loin de là, la première à avoir critiqué la partialité du système social, ni à s'être interrogée sur l'égalité des femmes et des hommes, et elle n'est pas la première non plus à s'être passionnée pour la philosophie et la politique. Il est bien plus important de souligner la remarquable pertinence de A Vindication, premier texte écrit sur la question des femmes après le début de la Révolution française, première œuvre à penser la femme dans les conditions réelles d'une indépendance citoyenne nouvellement conquise.
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft
Publisher: Broadview Press
Release Date: 1997-06-16
The works of Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) ranged from the early Thoughts on the Education of Daughters to The Female Reader, a selection of texts for girls, and included two novels. But her reputation is founded on A Vindication of the Rights of Woman of 1792. This treatise is the first great document of feminism—and is now accepted as a core text in western tradition. It is not widely known that the germ of Wollstonecraft’s great work came out of an earlier and much shorter vindication—A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790), written in the context of the issues raised by the French Revolution. This edition, which follows the model of other Broadview Editions in including a range of materials that help the reader to see the work in the context of its era out of which it emerged, is arranged chronologically, opening with Wollstonecraft’s “other vindication.” It also includes a wide range of other documents in appendices, as well as a comprehensive and authoritative introduction, chronology, and full index.
Author: Virginia Sapiro
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Release Date: 1992-08-15
Genre: Political Science
Nearly two hundred years ago, Mary Wollstonecraft wrote what is considered to be the first major work of feminist political theory: A Vindication of the Rights of Women. Much has been written about this work, and about Wollstonecraft as the intellectual pioneer of feminism, but the actual substance and coherence of her political thought have been virtually ignored. Virginia Sapiro here provides the first full-length treatment of Wollstonecraft's political theory. Drawing on all of Wollstonecraft's works and treating them thematically rather than sequentially, Sapiro shows that Wollstonecraft's ideas about women's rights, feminism, and gender are elements of a broad and fully developed philosophy, one with significant implications for contemporary democratic and liberal theory. The issues raised speak to many current debates in theory, including those surrounding interpretation of the history of feminism, the relationship between liberalism and republicanism in the development of political philosophy, and the debate over the canon. For political scientists, most of whom know little about Wollstonecraft's thought, Sapiro's book is an excellent, nuanced introduction which will cause a reconsideration of her work and her significance both for her time and for today's concerns. For feminist scholars, Sapiro's book offers a rounded and unconventional analysis of Wollstonecraft's thought. Written with considerable charm and verve, this book will be the starting point for understanding this important writer for years to come.
Lisa Plummer Crafton argues that, throughout her works, Mary Wollstonecraft engages with early Romantic notions of the theatrical and contributes to contemporary debates on theater. Within the context of the political discourse of the French Revolution, juridical transcripts of treason and civil divorce trials, and the spectacle of the female actress on stage as typified by Sarah Siddons, Crafton shows how Wollstonecraft's persistent use of the trope reveals theatricality's transgressive potential for self-invention.