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Author: Eileen Hunt Botting
Readings for POLS 13195

Note that, in addition to the assigned readings, students were responsible for attending a Frankenstein Film Series, comprised of:

Online selections from Wollstonecraft, Burke and Rousseau are all made available courtesy of the Liberty Fund.

Session Readings
1 Lyndall Gordon’s Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft (2005), 1-39.
2 Gordon’s Vindication, 40-79, and selections from Wollstonecraft’s Original Stories from Real Life (1788) and William Blake’s poems “Visions of the Daughters of Albion” (1793) and “Mary” (1803).
3 Gordon’s Vindication, 80-121, and selections from Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).
4 Gordon’s Vindication, 122-155, and Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790), 3-33.
5 Gordon’s Vindication, 156-181, and Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Men, 34-64.
6 Gordon’s Vindication,  182-213, and selections from Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s First Discourse (1750) and Second Discourse (1755).
7 Gordon’s Vindication,  214-255, and Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), 67-86.
8 Gordon’s Vindication, 256-290, and Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 87-125.
9 Gordon’s Vindication,  291-329, and Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 207-218, 230-41.
10 Gordon’s Vindication, 330-362, and Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 242-275.
11 Chapters from Natalie Taylor’s, The Rights of Woman as Chimera: The Political Philosophy of Mary Wollstonecraft (Routledge, 2007)
12 Gordon’s Vindication, 363-389, and Wollstonecraft’s Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark (1796), advertisement and letters 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 11.
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.
14 Gordon’s Vindication, 411-452, and Percy Shelley’s letters and poems regarding or partly inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft.
15 Betty T. Bennett’s Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 1-42, and Lord Byron’s poems partly inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft.
16 Class cancelled; Prof. Botting at conference.
Spring Break Read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in its entirety with aim of understanding the novel’s overall narrative structure.
17 Bennett’s Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 43-65, and Mary Shelley’s letters regarding Mary Wollstonecraft and the composition of Frankenstein
18 Bennett’s Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 67-105, and Shelley’s Frankenstein, 5-24.
19 Bennett’s Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 107-121, and Shelley’s Frankenstein, 24-44.
20 Shelley’s Frankenstein, 44-67, 157-160.
21 Shelley’s Frankenstein, 68-91, 160-166.
22 Tour of Snite Museum
23 Shelley’s Frankenstein, 91-114, 169-173.
24 Shelley’s Frankenstein, 114-134.
25 chapters 2 & 3 from Barbara Taylor’s book, Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination (Cambridge, 2003).
26 selected chapters from Norma Clarke’s book, The Rise and Fall of the Woman of Letters (Pimlico, 2004)
27 Shelley’s Frankenstein, 135-156, 169-173.
28 Student presentations on research projects.
29 Student presentations on research projects.
30 Student presentations on research projects.
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