Title

Mary Wollstonecraft and the maternal body in The wrongs of woman, or Maria

Author

Amanda Reed

Date of Award

2017

Degree Name

M.A. in English

Department

Department of English

Advisor/Chair

Advisor: Rebecca C. Potter

Abstract

In my thesis I argue that Mary Wollstonecraft's The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria is a fictionalized sequel to A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in which she presents the maternal body as an abled and functional body. I use Rosemarie Garland-Thomson's Feminist Disability Studies as a framework to examine the ways that Wollstonecraft fought against popular historical perceptions of women, such as Galen's one-sex model, by using her characters, Maria and Jemima, and their relationships with the maternal body.

Keywords

Wollstonecraft, Mary, 1759-1797. Wrongs of woman, Human body in literature, Body image in women, Disability studies, Literature, British and Irish Literature, Mary Wollstonecraft, The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria, Maternal body, Disability studies, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Rights Statement

Copyright 2017, author

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