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Mary Wollstonecraft's Social and Aesthetic Philosophy : An Eve to Please Me - Saba Bahar

Mary Wollstonecraft's Social and Aesthetic Philosophy

An Eve to Please Me

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"Mary Wollstonecraft's Social and Aesthetic Philosophy" examines Wollstonecraft's attempts to revise representations of women to give them a more active role in public life. Combining history of ideas with close textual reading, Bahar insists that Wollstonecraft's political claims cannot be separated from her desire to develop more convincing aesthetic representations of women.

'Saba Bahar develops an original argument that...compellingly demonstrates the importance of Wollstonecraft's literary output within the broader rubric of her political theory. As such, it marks a serious advance in our understanding of Wollstonecraft, and should be read by historians of political thought interested in the emergence of modern feminism.' - Daniel O'Neill, University of Florida, History of Political Thought

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
'An Eve to Please Me': Mary Wollstonecraft and the 'Public Woman'p. 13
'An Eve to please me'p. 13
'Invidious censures ... will not keep me mute in the cause of Liberty and Virtue': Catherine Macaulay and the 'public woman'p. 24
Rights and righteousness: wives, mothers and womenp. 36
Mary Wollstonecraft and the 'public woman'p. 47
The Old Abelard: or, Heloise among the Immodest Philosophersp. 51
The New Heloise or the same Old Abelardp. 51
Ogle: or, how the philosopher sinks into the manp. 64
Mary: or, how genius must educate itselfp. 66
Rousseau's paradisep. 73
Modestyp. 78
Immodest philosophers and female citizensp. 88
Making Novel Creaturesp. 92
How novels make women creatures of sensationp. 97
How women make novels creations of sensationp. 111
Reforming the genrep. 115
The Wants of Womenp. 129
Mary's and Fanny's wantsp. 132
Representing women in distressp. 137
The wants of Scandinavian womenp. 145
Contracting wantsp. 154
From the wrongs of women to the wants of womenp. 167
Conclusionp. 175
Notesp. 178
Bibliographyp. 203
Indexp. 214
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ISBN: 9780333973905
ISBN-10: 0333973909
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 7th February 2002
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1