Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley: Writing Lives
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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Mary Wollstonecrafts Poetics of Sensibility
Inscribing Self Inscribing Desire in Wollstonecrafts Letters from Norway
The Madness of Motherhood in Mary Wollstonecrafts The Wrongs of Woman
Memoirs Discourse and William Godwins Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Anatomy and Animation in Frankenstein and The Last Man
Lodore as an Imagined Conversation with Mary Wollstonecraft
Art Criticism as Life Writing in Mary Shelleys Rambles in Germany and Italy
Biographical Imaginings and Mary Shelleys Extant and Missing Correspondence
Reflections on Writing Mary Shelleys Life
Caves of Fancy