Mary Wollstonecraft Essay

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PRESENTATION: WHAT WAS THE CONTRIBUTION OF MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT TO UNDERSTANDING THE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL SITUATION OF WOMEN? As says Isabel Burdiel, Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) embodied in his life and his work, as a woman and as an intellectual, of the most extraordinary way, currents of thought and tension (public and private) of his time and his country. Puritanism and radicalism, enlightened rationalism and romantic subjectivity were combined and encouraged each other, in the little and decidedly short life of a woman "in the name of reason and common sense", was devoted to systematically contradict all and each of the views and customs of his time (Burdiel, 2000). M. Wollstonecraft lived in the environment of England in the second half of the 18th century, in the process of ideological comformación of which Mary Poovey has referred to as "the proper Lady" Victorian: the social definition of women as epitome of private and moral values; as "the home Angel" which was built femininity through the sublimation chastity, the feeling and the selflessness. The French revolution will mark a before and a later in the history of Europe but it will also do so in the life of Mary Wollstonecraft. For the circle of the London radical liberalism who frequented Mary, that event marked the announcement of a new era: the dawn of a new humanity more free, more enlightened and more rational. The birth of a utopia that had multiple readings but affecting works as diverse as William Godwin, Thomas Paine, William Blake, and the own Mary Wollstonecraft. The impact and the enthusiasm of the promes that represented the revolution was such that encouraged to leave the household and women's field of the works on education to intervene in the hard core of the political debate of his time debate and a space, public definition and male. The work that caused that effect and
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