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EN 208 - Week 5

by: Josie Rykhus

EN 208 - Week 5 EN 208

Josie Rykhus
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last week of notes before Midterm
World Literature
Dr. Wells Addington
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Josie Rykhus on Sunday September 25, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to EN 208 at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa taught by Dr. Wells Addington in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 14 views. For similar materials see World Literature in English at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa.


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Date Created: 09/25/16
I. Mary Wollstonecraft a. Born 1759 in England b. Family was decently well-of i. Then her father made bad investments → family is now broke c. Has some afairs before she gets married i. Henry Fuseli 1. Swiss painter living in England ii. Gilbert Imlay 1. American businessman living in France during the Revolution 2. Have an illegitimate daughter named Fanny Imlay 3. He leaves Mary during the Revolution d. Marries William Godwin i. Founder of anarchism ii. Have Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin 1. Becomes Mary Shelley the author of Frankenstein iii. Wollstonecraft dies shortly after childbirth e. Also wrote some novels i. Mary: A Fiction (1788) ii. Maria: or The Wrongs of Woman (published posthumously - 1798) 1. In this she admits she conceived a child out of wedlock a. Ruins her reputation for a long while f. Vindication of the Rights of Women i. A plea for women’s equal education ii. Writes against Rousseau’s Emile 1. “A woman’s education must … be planned in relation to man. To be pleasing in his sight, to win his respect and love, to train him in childhood, to tend him in manhood, to counsel and console, to make his life pleasant and happy.” 2. It’s significant that he considered women getting an education at all iii. What should a woman be? 1. Virtuous a. Pure/chaste 2. Quiet/polite/submissive 3. Meek/timid iv. Wife vs. Mistress 1. Wife a. Mature b. Intelligent 2. Mistress a. Young b. Naive II. Jean-Jacques Rousseau a. Born in 1712 in Geneva, Switzerland b. Grew up Protestant c. Writings: i. Julie - Or the New Heloise (1761) 1. Erotic letters ii. Emile (1762) 1. Treatise on education a. Primarily about how to education men iii. The Social Contract (1762) iv. Confessions (1782) 1. posthumously published autobiography d. 1745 → meets Therese Le Vasseur i. Never get married ii. Have 5 kids 1. Put them all up for adoption e. Revelries of a Solitary Walker i. Introduces a romantic relationship with nature ii. England: 1. Only the owner can hunt 2. Anyone can walk anywhere iii. “Wilderness” 1.The landscape 2.Rousseau uses the word “Picturesque” a. “Like a picture” iv. What does he do on this island? 1.Cataloging plants a. Botany is a symbol of his seclusion b. Botany is “Passionate” i. Escapism ii. Says books are “gloomy” 1. Represent the “real world” 2.Not a fan of idleness a. Not producing or doing anything i. A lack of work b. “Pleasures of life are irrelevant”


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