Thursday, June 9, 2016

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Marry Wollstonecraft

Primary Sources:

1) Wollstonecraft, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. New York: Dover, 1996. Print.

2) This following link is to a free audio version of this book provided by LibriVox.  The content on this website is in the public domain in the USA.  Please check with your local laws before downloading.

3) Wollstonecraft, Mary. "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman." Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg, 2001. Web.

4) Wollstonecraft, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and A Vindication of the Rights of Men. Ed. Janet Todd. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. Print.

Secondary Sources:


1) Sandrine, Berges. The Routledge Guidebook to Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. London: Routledge, 2013. Print.

2) Johnson, Claudia L., ed. Cambridge Companion to Mary Wollstonecraft. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. Print.

3) Todd, Janet. Mary Wollstonecraft: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1976. Print.

4) Falco, Maria J., ed. Feminist Interpretations of Mary Wollstonecraft. University Park: Pennsylvania University Press, 1996. Print.

5) O'Neill, Daniel I. The Burke-Wollstonecraft Debate: Savagery, Civilization, and Democracy. University Park: Pennsylvania University Press, 2012. Print.

6) Sapiro, Virginia. A Vindication of Political Virtue: The Political Theory of Mary Wollstonecraft. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992. Print.

7) Taylor, Barbara. Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Print.

Journal Articles:

1) Kerry, Paul E. "Mary Wollstonecraft on Reason, Marriage, Family Life, and the Development of Virtue in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman." BYU Journal of Public Law 30.1 (2015): 1-40. Web.

2) Jacobs-Beck, Kim. "Dissenting Homiletics in Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman." Interdisciplinary Humanities 29.2 (2012): 62-79. Web.

3) Edelman-Young, Diana. "Chubby Cheeks and the Bloated Monster: The Politics of Reproduction in Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication." European Romantic Review 25.6 (2014): 683-704. Web.

4) Abbey, Ruth. "Back to the Future: Marriage as Friendship in the Thought of Mary Wollstonecraft." Hypatia 14.3 (1999): 78-95. Web.

5) Ferguson, Moira. "Mary Wollstonecraft and the Problematic of Slavery." Feminist Review 42.1 (1992): 82-102. Web.

6) McKenzie, Catriona. "Reason and Sensibility: The Ideal of Women's Self-Governance in the Writings of Mary Wollstonecraft." Hypatia 8.4 (1993): 35-55. Web.

7) Wilcox, Kristin R. "Vindicating Paradoxes: Mary Wollstonecraft's "Woman." Studies in Romanticism 48.3 (2009): 447-467. Web.

8) Halldenhus, Lena. "The Primacy of Right. On the Triad of Liberty, Equality and Virtue in Wollstonecraft's Political Thought." British Journal for the History of Ideas 15.1 (2007): 75-99. Web.

9) Kitts, S. "Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: A Judicious Response from Eighteenth-Century Spain." Modern Langauge Review 89.2 (1994): 351-359. Web.

10) Mallory-Kani, Amy. "A Healthy State: Mary Wollstonecraft's Medico-Politics." The Eighteenth Century 56.1 (2015): 21-40. Web.


1) The following link is to the BBC podcast In Our Time.  This particular episode is about Mary Wollstonecraft, her life, and ideas.


1) This is a lecture given by Jill Fellows.  It is an introductory lecture to Wollstonecraft's life and ideas.

2) This is a five-part lecture series given by Dr. Gregory Sadler.  He explores Wollstonecraft's ideas in detail.  Anyone from the novice to the advanced would appreciate these lectures.  

3) This a one-time lecture on Wollstonecraft by Dr. Sadler.  He discusses her life and ideas but not in as much depth as the preceding lecture series.  It is still valuable, though.

4) This is a talk given by Lyndall Gordon.  The video's description best explains the content of this lecture by indicating that "Gordon discusses how this independent, compassionate woman who devised a blueprint for human change achieved that distinction." 

5) This two-part lecture given by Professor Helen Irving discusses the life and work of Wollstonecraft.  This is another introductory lecture about Wollstonecraft's life and ideas.  It does not go into much depth about Wollstonecraft's ideas but does a sufficient job of hitting the major points.

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