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Title: Mary Wollstonecraft : a cultural history of a Vindication of the Rights of Women.
Author: Moore, Jane
ISNI:       0000 0001 1473 8856
Awarding Body: University of Wales, College of Cardiff,
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 1991
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The thesis uses poststructuralist feminist theories in conjunction with cultural history to challenge the common feminist suspicion of Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman and propose instead a reading that is historically specific and sympathetic. To bring present-day theories to bear on past texts implicitly raises as an issue the question of reading the past. Part One of the thesis explicitly addresses this question. It examines debates that occurred in the lQ70s over the relationship between narrative an~ history alongside postmodernist interventions in the question of history and explores their implications for what a feminist cultural history might look like. The following~ three chapters silently but consistently allude to the questions of history raised in the opening chapter. These are: how do present-day knowledge's and theoretical projects shape the way we (re)read the past? What is the relationship between the past and the present? Where are past meanings, for example, of femininity produced? Each chapter examines how different editions of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman printed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries invite readers to understand what it means to be feminine, feminist and female and to show in consequence how the meaning of woman, and relatedly of a Vindication, is historically changing and perpetually in struggle. Part Two of the thesis comprises three chapters where feminist poststructuralist theories are used to reread a Vindication of the rights ~ Woman, ~ Wrongs of Woman: ~ Maria and Letters Written during ~ Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The readings enter into a dialogue with each other on the central question of the relationship between gender, genre and style. They are not offered as definitive interpretations. Rather, their engagement with issues of language, meaning and gender ands to and puts into process the cultural history given in Part One.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Literature