Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley: Writing Lives

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Helen M. Buss, D. L. Macdonald, Anne McWhir
Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 1. jan. 2006 - 340 síđur

Pioneers in life writing, Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), and Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein (1818 ), are now widely regarded as two of the leading writers of the Romantic period. They are both responsible for opening up new possibilities for women in genres traditionally dominated by men.

This volume brings together essays on Wollstonecraft’s and Shelley’s life writing by some of the most prominent scholars in Canada, Australia, and the United States. It also includes a full-length play by award-winning Canadian playwright Rose Scollard. Together, the essays and the play explore the connections between mother and daughter, between writing and life, and between criticism and creation. They offer a new understanding of two important writers, of a literary period, and of emergent modes of life writing.

Essayists include Judith Barbour, Betty T. Bennett, Anne K. Mellor, Charles E. Robinson, Eleanor Ty, and Lisa Vargo. Among the works discussed are Wollstonecraft’s Vindication, Letters from Norway, and Maria; or, The Wrongs of Woman; William Godwin’s Memoirs of Wollstonecraft; and Shelley’s Frankenstein, The Last Man, Ladore, and Rambles in Germany and Italy.

 

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The Politics of Autobiography in Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley
19
Stylistics of SelfReference in the Vindications
31
The Power of the Unnamed You in Mary Wollstonecrafts Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden Norway and Denmark
43
Mary Wollstonecrafts Poetics of Sensibility
55
Inscribing Self Inscribing Desire in Wollstonecrafts Letters from Norway
69
The Madness of Motherhood in Mary Wollstonecrafts The Wrongs of Woman
85
Self Possessions
99
Memoirs Discourse and William Godwins Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
113
Anatomy and Animation in Frankenstein and The Last Man
159
Lodore as an Imagined Conversation with Mary Wollstonecraft
177
Art Criticism as Life Writing in Mary Shelleys Rambles in Germany and Italy
189
Biographical Imaginings and Mary Shelleys Extant and Missing Correspondence
217
Reflections on Writing Mary Shelleys Life
233
Caves of Fancy
243
Works Cited
295
Contributors
313

An Intersection of Mary Shelleys Frankenstein and Mary Wollstonecrafts A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
127
WritingOther Women in Godwins Life
139

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Síđa 48 - You have sometimes wondered, my dear friend, at the extreme affection of my nature. But such is the temperature of my soul. It is not the vivacity of youth, the heyday of existence. For years have I endeavoured to calm an impetuous tide, labouring to make my feelings take an orderly course. It was striving against the stream. I must love and admire with warmth, or I sink into sadness.

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Helen M. Buss is a professor of English at the University of Calgary. Her book on Canadian women's life writing, Mapping Our Selves, won the Gabrielle Roy Prize. As Margaret Clarke, she has published novels, short stories and poetry. Three of her most recent books published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press are Memoirs from Away: A New Found Land Girlhood, Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley: Writing Lives, edited with D.L. Macdonald and Anne McWhir, and Working in Women’s Archives edited with Marlene Kadar.

D. L. Macdonald teaches English at the University of Calgary. He is the author of Poor Polidori: A Critical Biography of the Author of “The Vampyre” (1991) and of Monk Lewis (2000).

Anne McWhir is a professor of English at the University of Calgary and has written extensively on William Wordsworth, Mary Shelley and P. B. Shelley.

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