A Performance of her Politics,
This review is from: Mary and The Wrongs of Woman (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
Mary and The Wrongs of Woman (also known as Maria)were written by Mary Wollstonecraft at distant points in her career and thus demonstrate the progression of her thinking. These are Wollstonecraft's only novels and are concerned with the woman's treatment and position in society during the last decade of the 18th Century. It is generally understood that Wollstonecraft's novels were stagings of her politics which served to depict her arguments regarding the rights of woman for a female readership. 'Mary' is about a young girl's life after the death of her mother and her marriage to a young man for the purpose of saving her father's estate. It is often considered as a partial autobiography as the friendship depicted in the book has many parallels with Wollstonecraft's childhood friendship with a Fanny Blood. Written early in her career when Wollstonecraft admired the work of Rousseau, 'Mary' is written in the style of a sentimental novel. 'The Wrongs of Woman' was written much later in her career and was in fact published, incomplete, after her death. It is in the style of a gothic novel and tells the story of a young mother imprisoned in a mad house after she tries to separate from her adulterous, gambling husband.
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