Lectures to focus on 18th century feminist Wollstonecraft

Author: Shannon Chapla


Barbara Taylor from the University of East London and Norma Clarke of Kingston University in London, two of the preeminent scholars of Enlightenment-era feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft, will deliver lectures Thursday and Friday (April 12 and 13) at the University of Notre Dame.Both talks are free and open to the public.

Concluding theMary Wollstonecraft and her Legaciesspeaker series sponsored by the Universitys Gender Studies Program, Taylor will give a lecture titledMary Wollstonecraft and the Solitary Selfat7 p.m.Thursday in 112-114 McKenna Hall, andClarke will discussScandalous Histories: Mrs. Pilkington, Mary Wollstonecraft and the Kingsborough Family Connectionat3 p.m.Friday in 120 DeBartolo Hall.

A professor of modern history at theUniversityofEast London,Tayloris the author ofMary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imaginationand __ Eve and the New Jerusalem: Socialism and Feminism in the Nineteenth Centuryand co-editor ofWomen, Gender and Enlightenment, 1650-1850.She is co-director of the universitys Raphael Samuel History Centre, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and served on the advisory council of theInstituteofHistorical Research.

Clarke, a professor of English literature atKingstonUniversity, has worked with theUCLACenterfor 17th and 18 th Century Studies and the universitys William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. She is the author ofThe Rise and Fall of the Woman of Letters,Dr. Johnson’s Women,andAmbitiousHeights: Writing, Friendship, Love: The Jewsbury Sisters, Felicia Hemans and Jane Welsh Carlyle. **

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) was an early advocate for equality of the sexes who ridiculed the prevailing notions of women as dependent and unintelligent.Many of her ideas are main doctrines of contemporary women’s movements.

The events are co-sponsored by Notre DamesKeough-NaughtonCenterfor Irish Studies,CollegeofArtsand Letters Beyond the Classroom Program and Eighteenth Century Studies Seminar.

* Contact: * Eileen Hunt Botting, director of the Gender Studies Program, _574-631-0495, ehunt@nd.edu

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