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Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print

The Female Philosopher and Her Afterlives

Mary Wollstonecraft, the British Novel, and the Transformations of Feminism, 1796-1811

Authors: Weiss, Deborah

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  • Offers readers a new way to understand feminist literary history at a time when ideas of female character and opinions about the appropriate role for female intellectuality were rapidly changing
  • Examines Wollstonecraft’s influence on some of her contemporaries—Mary Hays, Amelia Opie, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen
  • Argues that Wollstonecraft’s generation responded in a variety of ways to her work as a whole and to her legacy, and that they used the resources of the novel to construct a more politically moderate and pragmatic form of feminism
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About this book

This book argues that the female philosopher, a literary figure brought into existence by Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, embodied the transformations of feminist thought during the transition from the Enlightenment to the Romantic period.  By imagining a series of alternate lives and afterlives for the female philosopher, women authors of the early Romantic period used the resources of the novel to evaluate Wollstonecraft’s ideas and legacy. This book examines how these writers’ opinions converged on such issues as progress, education, and ungendered virtues, and how they diverged on a fundamental question connected to Wollstonecraft’s life and feminist thought:  whether the enlightened, intellectual woman should live according to her own principles, or sacrifice moral autonomy in the interest of pragmatic accommodation to societal expectations.

About the authors

Deborah Weiss is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Alabama, USA. She is a specialist in the long eighteenth century with research interests in the interconnections among gender, economics, education, and Enlightenment.  Her articles have appeared in Eighteenth-Century FictionStudies in RomanticismThe Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Studies in the Novel

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-55363-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-55362-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: January 9, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-319-85639-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Female Philosopher and Her Afterlives
Book Subtitle
Mary Wollstonecraft, the British Novel, and the Transformations of Feminism, 1796-1811
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55363-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55363-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55362-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85639-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 291
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