Mary Wollstonecraft

(1870 words)
  • Antje Blank (University of Glasgow)

Mary Wollstonecraft rose to public prominence as one of the leading contenders in the debate concerning the French Revolution and its impact on British political and cultural life. Connected with the most influential liberal intellectuals of the 1790s – William Godwin, Thomas Holcroft, Tom Paine, Helen Maria Williams and Mary Hays – she was the first to extend a revolutionary ideology of man's natural right to determine his own destiny to gender issues. Wollstonecraft's works fell into disrepute when posthumous publication of her unconventional life occasioned a barrage of anti-Jacobin abuse, which portrayed her feminist demands as the source of moral corruption and her death in childbirth as a providential punishment for her …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Blank, Antje. "Mary Wollstonecraft". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 October 2001
[, accessed 07 July 2015.]

Articles on Wollstonecraft's works

  1. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Related Groups

  1. Feminism &Women Studies
  2. English Romanticism