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  1. 4 out of 5

    Ibis3

    I was expecting this conduct manual by this enlightenment era feminist to be far more avant garde, both in terms of her goals for women in society and with respect to religion. Sadly, this was pretty typical of the time and genre (seeing as I did a thesis on family roles as laid out in published sermons of the period, I know whereof I speak). One thing that did surprise me was her condemnation of young women romanticising the melodrama found in novels and on-stage. She goes on about how terrible I was expecting this conduct manual by this enlightenment era feminist to be far more avant garde, both in terms of her goals for women in society and with respect to religion. Sadly, this was pretty typical of the time and genre (seeing as I did a thesis on family roles as laid out in published sermons of the period, I know whereof I speak). One thing that did surprise me was her condemnation of young women romanticising the melodrama found in novels and on-stage. She goes on about how terrible it is to portray women and men suicidal after a failed romance both for a lack of realism and because it sets a poor example (one should put their sights on eternal bliss and take misfortune of this kind as a fleeting pain). I'd just finished reading her Wikipedia article which describes her attempting suicide after the man she'd been madly in love with dumped her and continued to refuse her obsessive applications to resume the relationship. I conclude that she wrote this book when she was young and very naïve. But I'm very much looking forward to reading her more mature work on the rights of man and woman.

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    Bárbara Martins

    *No rating, read for college

  3. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Wollstonecraft's first publication - a conventional sort of genre (instructional/conduct book), surprisingly, given Wollstonecraft's later radical productions, but perhaps it was a safe option for a woman seeking economic independence as a writer. Moreover, as a governess, and before that a school teacher, she was well situated to comment on the challenges of guiding young women to maturity in the 1780's. Personal experience too no doubt informed the insightful passages on roles that fate foiste Wollstonecraft's first publication - a conventional sort of genre (instructional/conduct book), surprisingly, given Wollstonecraft's later radical productions, but perhaps it was a safe option for a woman seeking economic independence as a writer. Moreover, as a governess, and before that a school teacher, she was well situated to comment on the challenges of guiding young women to maturity in the 1780's. Personal experience too no doubt informed the insightful passages on roles that fate foisted on less fortunate females - especially the miserable ones of Companion and Governess. I daresay Wollstonecraft's biographers have mined the text for clues about her life. I'm in no position to comment on this work's relationship to Wollstonecraft's famous VRN, not having read the latter, but I can say I found TED interesting for the glimpses it provided into domestic affairs and contemporary fashions (including beauty products referred to as "Olympian dew" and "the paint which enlivened Ninon's face"!). It also helps fill out the the context for some scenes/themes in novels of the period featuring young heroines (such as Burney's Evelina). Thinking here about Wollstonecraft's chapters on 'Public Places' and 'The Theatre'.... For all its conservative and at times repressive prescriptions, symptomatic of the times, there is an earnestness that comes up from the pages - an earnest desire to promote strong and resilient minds, albeit within the confines of traditional gender roles/restrictions. For modern readers, the appeal will be to a limited audience - mainly those seeking to trace Wollstonecraft's development as a writer/to plot the evolution of her feminist thinking.

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    Meltha

    Rather scary in a way, but also a really good glimpse into the mindset of the time.

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