The essays in this collection represent the explosion of scholarly interest since the 1960s in the pioneering feminist, philosopher, novelist, and political theorist, Mary Wollstonecraft. This interdisciplinary selection, which is organized by theme and genre, demonstrates Wollstonecraft's importance in contemporary social, political and sexual theory and in Romantic studies. The book examines the reception of Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman but it also deals with the full range of her work from travel writing, education, religion and conduct literature to her novels, letters and literary reviews. As well as reproducing the most important modern Wollstonecraft scholarship the collection tracks the development of the author's reputation from the nineteenth century. The essays reprinted here (from early appreciations by George Eliot, Emma Goldman and Virginia Woolf to the work of twenty-first century scholars) include many of the most influential accounts of Wollstonecraft's remarkable contribution to the development of modern political and social thought. The book is essential reading for students of Wollstonecraft and late eighteenth-century women's writing, history, and politics.
Contents: 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, Norway and Denmark, John Whale; 'No equal mind': Mary Wollstonecraft and the young Romantics, Harriet Devine Jump; Wollstonecraft, Femininity/Sexuality/Feminism: Wild nights: pleasure/sexuality/feminism, Cora Kaplan; Mary Wollstonecraft and the wild wish of early feminism, Barbara Taylor; (Female) philosophy in the bedroom: Mary Wollstonecraft and female sexuality, Gary Kelly; Wollstonecraft, Slavery and the Orient: Mary Wollstonecraft and the problematic of slavery, Moira Ferguson. Part III Texts: Novels, Literary Reviews, Letters: Wollstonecraft's Literary Reviews: Mary Wollstonecraft's contributions to The Analytical Review, Sally N. Stewart; Wollstonecraft's Fictions - Mary, A Fiction and The Wrongs of Woman: or Maria, a Fragment: Mary Wollstonecraft: the gender of genres in late 18th-century England, Mary Poovey; Wollstonecraft and Godwin: reading the secrets of the political novel, Tilottama Rajan; Wollstonecraft's Letters: Letters Written…in Sweden: toward Romantic autobiography, Mitzi Myers; Mary Wollstonecraft's letters, Janet Todd; Wollstonecraft's Death: The death of Mary Wollstonecraft, Vivien Jones; Name index.