Natural History and the Rights of Women

Prof Sharon Ruston gives this talk about Mary Wollstonecraft, focusing on the two-year period of the composition and publication of her 'Vindication of the Rights of Woman' (1792), during which Wollstonecraft, the mother of Mary Shelley and early advocate of women's rights, reviewed a number of important works of natural history for the Analytical Review. The talk aims to reveal how reading these texts helped Wollstonecraft to formulate her feminist theory and, more generally, how in the late eighteenth century people were aware of the political purpose of scientific writings. Doors open at 12:30pm and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis


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