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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects (Modern Library Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Mary Wollstonecraft , Katha Pollitt
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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The first novel of Samuel Beckett's mordant and exhilarating midcentury trilogy introduces us to Molloy, who has been mysteriously incarcerated, and who subsequently escapes to go discover the whereabouts of his mother. In the latter part of this curious masterwork, a certain Jacques Moran is deputized by anonymous authorities to search for the aforementioned Molloy. In the trilogy's second novel, Malone, who might or might not be Molloy himself, addresses us with his ruminations while in the act of dying. The third novel consists of the fragmented monologue -- delivered, like the monologues of the previous novels, in a mournful rhetoric that possesses the utmost splendor and beauty -- of what might or might not be an armless and legless creature living in an urn outside an eating house. Taken together, these three novels represent the high-water mark of the literary movement we call Modernism. Within their linguistic terrain, where stories are taken up, broken off, and taken up again. where voices rise and crumble and are resurrected, we can discern the essential lineaments of our modern condition, and encounter an awesome vision, tragic yet always compelling and always mysteriously invigorating, of consciousness trapped and struggling inside the boundaries of nature.


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"We hear [Mary Wollstonecraft's] voice and trace her influence even now among the living."


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In this passionate reaction to Rousseau's pedagogical work Emile (1762) Wollstonecraft powerfully defends woman's ability to reason, given appropriate education. Her radical prescription was for girls to be educated alongside boys and to the same standard. Originally published in 1792, this is a foundational work of feminist political thought.

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  • File Size: 517 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141018917
  • Publisher: Modern Library; New edition edition (July 21, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V4BP2E
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a man's point of view June 25, 2006
Format:Paperback
I picked this book up in Boston waiting for my wife to order coffee and was instantly enamoured with the author's prose. At times I wondered if I was reading an essay or poetry.

Regardless, Mary Wollstonecraft summarizes the plight of women very well and the reader ( whether male or female ) gets a palpable sense of it's injustice.

She concludes that since the literate male giants like " Rousseau" bolstered the prevailing thought that men were made to reason and women to feel it is hardly suprising that women were oppressed.

From birth women, in the manor of pets, are trained in refining their "sensibilities" pursuing frivolity in "proper manners and etiquette" and stylish dress to the exclusion of cultural and intellectual development. Her only purpose to marry and become slave to the whim of her man's pleasure . Her drudgery and mindless existence is punctuated only by her childish outbursts. In such a state she is hardly capable of independent living let alone thought and utterly unfit as a mother. This state of affairs not only degrades women but men of reason and society at large since domestic affairs ultimately spill upon the fabric of society.

The baleful consequences of such forced behaviours are a romantic temperment reinforced by reading novels of the day instead of science or history the latter deemed "boring" since the women lack the capacity to understand it. Such women being deprived of intellectual stimulation focus on vanity which further corrupts their soul making them envious, bitter and mean. Any woman who dares to challenge this state of affairs is ostracized almost to the same extent as a woman who has lost her "reputation".

Mary Wollstonecraft writings are rife with social and political commentary which is refreshing. She is particularly critical of the upper class and their perpetuation of oppression.
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have we really progressed? March 8, 2000
Format:Paperback
As I read this book, I find myself comparing the authors examples of the treatment of women by their fathers/husbands with the way women are today treated by the media.
Mary discusses how women are to be kept ignorant of all knowledge and only to be valued for their physical charms (almost every ad on TV/in print). The examples of her contemporaries that she quotes are frighteningly familiar.
Why is this so? Who determines that the education of females is not relevant to society. Sure they are allowed to go to school now, but they are still treated with amazing patronization and condescenscion? The amount of my (intelligent) female friends that insist they are dumb/ignorant/stupid/an idiot is disturbing. Maybe now females are allowed to learn, they should also be allowed self esteem.
I think I got sidetracked. This book is a complex and well written argument for the emancipation and education of women. It is as true today as much as it was 200 years ago. It is, however a slow read as the language is couched in the vocabulary of the late eighteenth century and many of the terms are unfamiliar.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Anthology With Every Angle April 20, 2003
Format:Paperback
This book has Wollstonecraft's A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN and a through Background, Debate and Criticism section. This book gives one everything needed to understand Wollstonecraft's personality strenghths and weaknesses according to authors from her time; a complete debate on the subject of women's rights from multiple authors (from different time periods); and an intense review by serveral other authors (within the last 25 years) on Wollstonecraft's success/failure. Every article in the book has been published independently of this book. This work also contains several journal articles.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN FORCED TO READ THIS August 3, 2001
By Saki
Format:Paperback
If you need to read this for a college or high school class, or as part of a women's studies project that you are doing for some other purpose, then I'd like to assure you that it won't be all that painful. You may even enjoy it and wish that you'd found this book sooner, all on your own. I was only assigned to read parts of it, but I finished the book by choice.
It's interesting and well writen. Some of the language and nearly all of the issues that are brought up are inflamatory. In class discussions I compared the book to "Fight Club," and was nearly laughed out of the room, but I am at least partly serious. It does have the edge of a social visionary who wanted to shake things up and blow old fashioned society out of the water. No soap bombs, though, but that's only a technicality.
If you have any choice in the matter I would suggest that you choose this book over stuffier works by less forward thinkers. I swear that reading it won't hurt that badly.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The times they aren't a-changin' September 12, 2001
Format:Paperback
It is interesting to teach this book and track how students respond to this book, and how differently male and female students respond to the issues Wollstonecraft raises and discusses. We contextualize the book, and then extract it from its time and place and try to place the issues in our own time and place. A lot of great questions can be raised as we contemplate how far we have and have not come, and what can or should be done about that. . .and who shall do it. It is also an arresting exercise to ask students to apply different literary theories as they discuss this text. The idea is to encourage them to step out of their own shoes and into someone else's as they consider these issues. And it gives great opportunity to ask students to try to separate themselves from their own assumptions and stereotypes about gender and gender behavior, and reassess the issues in Wollstonecraft's time and place, and in light of today's assumptions and stereotypes, which can be harder to quantify than some presume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's not an easy read but it is short and thought provoking
Everyone should read Wollstonecraft. It's not an easy read but it is short and thought provoking.
Published 21 days ago by Jane Austen
5.0 out of 5 stars Early feminism at it's finest
I love this book. It is so well written that the prose in and of itself is a joy to read. The ideas and principles it teaches are timeless. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JulieS
5.0 out of 5 stars Key...
Years ago, Academia established the content, essence & the eventual historical significance of Mary Wollstonecraft's 'A Vindication of the Rights of Woman'. Read more
Published 1 month ago by john fusco
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great transaction. As described.
Published 3 months ago by Mark Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting and insightful read. Mary Wollstonecraft was the mother of Mary Shelley.
Published 3 months ago by Dee Tuttle
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read on the true woman forerunner to women's rights
Pankhurst of the early 20th century is considered the first woman to stand up for women's right. WRONG. Britain and later America owe its equality for women revolution to Mary. Read more
Published 4 months ago by G. Mello
1.0 out of 5 stars Mehh
Slow to the point of boredom. I would never pick it up again. Call me maybe. But but but but
Published 7 months ago by lee bonaventure
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for young Women/men of all ages
Was a gift for my 11 year old niece she found it easily comprehensible. She told me found a few more people to do more research and write papers on. Even into freshman year lol. Read more
Published 15 months ago by TROYWD22
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love Norton CEs
I enjoy Norton critical editions because they give so much attention to the critical tradition and to the textual scholarship. Great book!
Published 19 months ago by philosofee
4.0 out of 5 stars the roots of feminism
I admit that I read this because it's mentioned in the forward to an edition of Pride and Prejudice that I recently read. Read more
Published on September 9, 2012 by Nadyne Richmond
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