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On Liberation Week 7 Notes

by: Halsey Hazzard

On Liberation Week 7 Notes CORE-UA 400 - 080

Halsey Hazzard
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These notes cover Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication on the Rights of Woman
Texts and Ideas: On Liberation
Jini Watson
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wollstonecraft, Feminism, philosophy, Literature
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Date Created: 03/08/16
Lecture March 7, 2016 – Wollstonecraft Vindication on the Rights of Woman TODAY: -Rhetoric of Female Enslavement -Wollstonecraft + Rousseau st -Gender Diversity and Education in the 21 Century Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 -1797) - father was abusive alcoholic; sister was in abusive marriage which Mary helped her out of - Vindication of the Rights of Man was fairly well-received - Went to Paris, had illegitimate child with/was abandoned by American captain o Tried to kill self twice, resuscitated against will after jumping into Thames - Becomes lovers with guy, gets pregnant, then marries him - Dies ten days after birth of Mary Shelley - Husband’s memoirs about her + her personal life gives her more notoriety **Abolitionism: social movement formed in Americas/Western Europe in 18 /19 th th century which led to the legal prohibition of the institution of slavery Slave trade abolished in UK 1807, slavery abolished in UK 1833 US 1865 Rhetoric of Colonial Slavery in Vindication > Draws 80+ references to slavery > Problematic as she is talking about white middle class british women **Discourse: term from Foucault that refers to specialised ways of speaking and writing that reveal social order and reflect power relations (ie religious, medical, historical, literary) Gender: social construct by which a society defines as “feminine” or “masculine” one particular set of characteristics and assigns them to females and males, respectively Vindication of the Rights of Woman - Educational treatise above all else - Like enlightenment thinkers, she believes humans should break out of the “shackles of ignorance” - You need equal access to education for enlightment Rousseau & Wollstonecraft - Rousseau appears in footnotes, creates dialogue between Wollstonecraft and other thinkers - While Rousseau laments the idea of perfectibility, Wollstonecraft endorses it Wollstonecraft sets out to denaturalize the assumptions that women are artificial/inferior/irrational - Critiques male cultural institutions as well as women themselves


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