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Substance and Shadow: Feminism and the Spectre of Mary Wollstonecraft

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Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1798)

As some of my infamous and scribbling readers may know, April 27th marks Mary Wollstonecraft’s 252nd birthday. For over 200 years Wollstonecraft and her much-cited Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) have inspired, provoked, and even frustrated feminist scholars. Wollstonecraft and her work have elicited strong denunciations and vitriolic critiques, passionate defenses and hesitant reconsiderations. Yet amidst the wide ranging and varied receptions and conceptions of her work, one thing about Wollstonecraft remains quite clear: she is a central figure to feminist history and to feminist practice.

In celebration of her infamous life and work, I have invited several distinguished guest scribblers to share their thoughts and stories about what Wollstonecraft as a central feminist icon has done for them. And since they have graciously agreed to offer their reflections, I invite my dear readers to join in the conversation on this marvelous and enigmatic woman.

See recent posts above for a talk from my two distinguished and quite brilliant guest posters.

Dr. Mary Jean Corbett, “Mixed Legacies”

Dr. Mary A. Favret, “Living with Mary Wollstonecraft”

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