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Author: Eileen Hunt Botting
Session Topic Discussion Questions
1  Lyndall Gordon's Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft (2005), 1-39 Session 1 Discussion Questions
2 Gordon’s Vindication, 40-79, Wollstonecraft’s Original Stories from Real Life (1788) and William Blake’s poems “Visions of the Daughters of Albion” (1793) and “Mary” (1803) Session 2 Discussion Questions
3 Gordon’s Vindication, 80-121, and selections from Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790) Session 3 Discussion Questions
 4  Gordon's Vindication, 122-155, and Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790), 3-33 Session 4 Discussion Questions
 5  Gordon's Vindication, 156-181, and Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790), 34-64  Session 5 Discussion Questions
  6   Gordon's Vindication, 182-213, and selections from Jean-Jacques Rousseau's First Discourse (1750) and Second Discourse (1755) Session 6 Discussion Questions
  7   Gordon's Vindication, 214-255, and Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), 67-86 Session 7 Discussion Questions
  8   Gordon's Vindication, 256-290, and Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 87-125 Session 8 Discussion Questions
9    Gordon's Vindication, 291-329, and Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 207-218, 230-241 Session 9 Discussion Questions
10   Gordon's Vindication, 330-362, and Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 242-275 Session 10 Discussion Questions
11   Selections from Taylor's The Rights of Woman as Chimera: The Political Philosophy of Mary Wollstonecraft (Routledge, 2007) [ereserves]  
12  Gordon's Vindication, 363-389, and Wollstonecraft's Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, letters 1, 3, 5,6,8,11 Session 12 Discussion Questions
13  Gordon's Vindication, 390-410, and Wollstonecraft's Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, letters 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 25  Session 13 Discussion Questions
14  Gordon's Vindication, 411-452, and Percey Shelley's letters and poems regarding or partly inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft [ereserves]  
15  Betty Bennett's Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 1-42, and Lord Byron's poems partly inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft [ereserves]  
16  No class  
17  Bennett's Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 43-65, and Mary Shelley's letters regarding Mary Wollstonecraft and the composition of Frankenstein [ereserves]

 Session 17 Discussion Questions

18   Bennett's Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 67-105, and Shelley's Frankenstein, 5-24  Session 18 Discussion Questions
19  Bennett's Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 107-121, and Shelley's Frankenstein, 24-44  Session 19 Discussion Questions
20 Shelley's Frankenstein, 44-67, 157-160  Session 20 Discussion Questions
21  Shelley's Frankenstein, 68-91, 160-166 Session 21 Discussion Questions
22 Shelley's Frankenstein, 91-114, 169-173 Session 22 Discussion Questions
23  Shelley's Frankenstein, 114-134 Session 23 Discussion Questions
24  Taylor's Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination (Cambridge, 2003), chapters 2 &3 [Reserve Reading Desk]  
25  Clarke's The Rise and Fall of the Woman of Letters (Pimlico, 2004), selections [Reserve Reading Desk]  
26   Shelley's Frankenstein, 135-156, 169-173  Session 26 Discussion Questions
27   Student presentations on research projects  
28  Student presentations on research projects  
29   Student presentations on research projects  
30  Student presentations on research projects  
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