You are here

Mary Wollstonecraft in/and History

Oil painting of Mary Wollstonecraft
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, January 13, 2016. 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Stanford Humanities Center, Board Room
Workshop: 
Seminar on the Enlightenment and Revolution, 1660-1830
Meeting Description: 

About the speaker:
Isabelle Bour is a professor of eighteenth-century British Studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, where she runs the Institute of Eighteenth-Century Studies and Research. Her recent research focuses on the epistemology of sensibility and on the reception and translation of British authors in Europe. She contributed three chapters to The Reception of Jane Austen in Europe (Continuum, 2007) and, with Judith Zinsser, Bour translated a selection of scientific and philosophical texts by Emilie Du Châtelet (Chicago University Press, 2009). Her edition of the works of Mary Wollstonecraft translated into French in the eighteenth century is forthcoming from Garnier. Her current project is an intellectual biography of Wollstonecraft that will look afresh at her standing in France. In 2000 Bour was awarded the Order of the Palmes académiques for services at the Ecole polytechnique.

Meeting description:
After a brief visual tour of Mary Wollstonecraft’s Paris, this paper will argue that her Historical and Moral View of the French Revolution (1794) derives its analytical framework from the theory of conjectural history of Scottish Enlightenment thinkers. It will then move to a consideration of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) and The Wrongs of Woman (1798), both of which were translated into French as soon as they came out in England, to show that approving French reviewers mirrored her own shifts in the representation of woman, reading it against a very broad intellectual background. Thus, Wollstonecraft’s thinking is shown to be increasingly historicized, on a psychological as well as on a social level.

Workshops Calendar

S M T W T F S
 
 
 
 
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22
 
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30