Cambridge Studies in Romanticism: Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination Series Number 56 (Hardback)
  • Cambridge Studies in Romanticism: Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination Series Number 56 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Romanticism: Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination Series Number 56 (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 13/03/2003
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In the two centuries since Mary Wollstonecraft published A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), she has become an icon of modern feminism: a stature that has paradoxically obscured her real historic significance. In this in-depth 2003 study of Wollstonecraft's thought, Barbara Taylor develops an alternative reading of her as a writer steeped in the utopianism of Britain's radical Enlightenment. Wollstonecraft's feminist aspirations, Taylor shows, were part of a revolutionary programme 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. Drawing on all of Wollstonecraft's works, and locating them in a vividly detailed account of her intellectual world and troubled personal history, Taylor provides a compelling portrait of this fascinating and profoundly influential thinker.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521661447
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 686 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This book will be essential reading for many years to come, not merely as a groundbreaking monograph on Wollstonecraft, but for demonstrating the centrality of feminist philosophy to the development of the Romantic imagination.' The Times Literary Supplement
'Read every word of this excellent book. Never before has the true genius of Mary Wollstonecraft been so indelibly portrayed. Several other expert hands have offered their various portrayals but Barbara Taylor presents the most properly designed picture of the revolutionary age in which she lived and to which she made such an original contribution.' Michael Foot, Tribune
'... outstanding ... the product of many years' engagement with Wollstonecraft, Taylor's study of her works in her time - and in ours - discerns numerous contradictions and paradoxes in them, in her life and in the reception of them.' The Guardian
'... a thoughtful, wide-ranging and important examination of Wollstonecraft's thought ... Wollstonecraft is skilfully considered in terms of radical Enlightenment thought, and the links between this and feminism are probed in a treatment that is alive to the diversity of this radicalism.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
'This book is an important addition to the now quite extensive literature on Mary Wollstonecraft ... a careful and nuanced account of the changing political and intellectual circumstances in which Wollstonecraft lived. the discussion of the 1790s, of the rapid shifts in outlook in Britain that followed the French Revolution, and their impact on the ways in which Wollstonecraft was read and understood is particularly insightful.' Radical Philosophy
'What Taylor gives us is not only a highly insightful reading of Wollstonecraft, but also an exemplary piece of feminist scholarship.' H-Net Book Review
'The polyvalent senses of Barbara Taylor's title, Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination, convey both the scope and sublety of this important monograph.' History
'... Taylor marvelously delineates Wollstonecraft's life and entire corpus within a historical context, by way of her original and unique access: the combination of psychoanalytic approach and historical study ... I found Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination thrilling and illuminating. Taylor's perspective is surprisingly original, but at the same time, built up on the past scholarship on Wollstonecraft ... I am deeply impressed with Taylor's distinguished talent and long-year perseverance 'for the love of Wollstonecraft.' I believe Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination will make a great contribution and open new prospects for future scholarship on Mary Wollstonecraft, a fascinating and profoundly influential thinker.' Studies in English Literature
'... compelling and ground-breaking'. European Romantic Review
'Taylor is a sharp and generous reader of Wollstonecraft's character, of her writings, and of her times. This magisterial study is the carefully crafted result of two decades of work; it demonstrates an excellent command of Wollstonecraft's oeuvre, and it is formidably informed about competing intellectual and ideological systems in the eighteenth century.' MLR
'... for anyone familiar with her work and the ideas of the Enlightenment, this is an interesting and thought-provoking read.' International Socialism
"This study should be a model for intellectual biography; it is the most exciting and provocative piece of scholarship this reader has ever reviewed." The Historian, Melinda Zook, Purdue University
"Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination should appeal to a wide variety of readers...the feminist paradoxes Taylor highlights in this volume should continue to provoke discussion." History
"Barbara Taylor does such a winning job of revitalising Mary Wollstonecraft that readers of this book may well find themselves wanting to turn or return to Wollstonecraft's own writings." London Review of Books
"What Taylor gives us is not only a highly insightful reading of Wollstonecraft, but also an exemplary piece of feminist scholarship." H-WOMEN
insightful reading of Wollstonecraft, but also an exemplary piece of feminist scholarship." H-WOMEN
"Taylor's sensitive study is the first scholarly treatment of Wollstonecraft to do justice to the feminist historical context. By giving careful attention to the role that religion played in Wollstonecraft's work, Taylor opens a new chapter in feminist studies. By taking Wollstonecraft's own paradoxes seriously, Taylor provides a model for combining psychoanalytic theory and historical rigor. This book is required reading for all feminists and sets the standard for future scholarship on this important writer." Mary Poovey, New York University
"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

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