CFP: Ushering in contemporary discourse: Mary Wollstonecraft
Call for Papers Deadline:
Ushering in contemporary discourse: Mary Wollstonecraft
Under the Editorship of Frank Runcie and Julie Beaulieu
In her short life, the author of the Vindications achieved unprecedented notoriety for a woman in public life. She wrote fiction and travel journals, translated, edited a reader, and perhaps most notably for posterity, wrote both A Vindication of the Rights of Man, and A Vindications of the Rights of Women, in doing so critiquing the thought of contemporary philosophers Edmund Burke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
She was a lone early voice for both gender equality and the abolition of slavery. While Wollstonecraft was in many respects an avant-garde figure, her portrayal of Muslims and Southern European cultures may today elicit other readings. In this light, we welcome discussions of her influence and her relevance in current social critique.
For its 5th (Fall 2004) publication, Post-Scriptum.ORG issues a call for papers on the life and thought of Mary Wollstonecraft. In view of the Wollstonecraft’s wide interests and fields of activity, we would encourage contributions on any of the following aspects of her life and work:
Aesthetics (e.g. critique of the sublime)
(Auto) biography/travel writing
Social and political critique
Translation and editorship
We welcome new and interdisciplinary approaches to her work (for example post-colonial revisionist re-readings) and will consider contributions in English, French, German and Spanish.
Deadlines: June 1st 2004 (brief proposition); September 1st (final 4500 word article)
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