Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination by Barbara TaylorMary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination by Barbara Taylor

Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination

byBarbara Taylor

Hardcover | April 28, 2003

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In the two centuries since Mary Wollstonecraft published A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), she has become western feminism's leading icon, a stature that has obscured her actual historic significance. Examining in detail Wollstonecraft's writings, Barbara Taylor provides an alternative reading of her as a writer steeped in the utopianism of Britain's radical Enlightenment. Her feminist principles are shown to have arisen within a revolutionary program for universal equality and moral perfection that reached its zenith during the political upheavals of the 1790s but had its roots in the radical-Protestant Enlightenment. Locating Wollstonecraft within her literary and political milieus, and tracing the relationship between her feminist radicalism and her troubled personal history, the book draws a compelling portrait of this fascinating and profoundly influential thinker. Barbara Taylor, a reader in History in the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of East London, is an intellectual and cultural historian specializing in the history of feminism from 1750-1850. Her first book, Eve and the New Jerusalem: Socialism and Feminism in the Nineteenth Century (Pantheon, 1983) is a study of the feminist dimension of British Utopian Socialism. It was published to widespread acclaim and she has been awarded many research grants, including fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, the British Academy and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Title:Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist ImaginationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.06 inPublished:April 28, 2003Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521661447

ISBN - 13:9780521661447


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction: Mary Wollstonecraft and the paradoxes of feminism; Part I. Imagining Women: 1. The female philosopher; 2. The chimera of womanhood; 3. For the love of God; Part II. Feminism and Revolution: 4. Wollstonecraft and British radicalism; 5. Perfecting civilization; 6. Gallic philosophesses; 7. Women vs. the polity; 8. The female citizen; 9. Jemima and the beginnings of modern feminism; Epilogue: the fantasy of Mary Wollstonecraft; Bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

"The best study to date of one of the eighteenth-century's most inspired, most difficult, and most radical figures...written with breadth and passion and vision, it typifies the best qualities of its subject and it will surely be the authoritative bok on Wollstonecraft for years to come." Albion