Mansions of Despair: The Wrongs of Woman and the Commonality of Experience

  • Deborah WeissEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Cultures of Print book series (PERCP)


This chapter interprets The Wrongs of Woman; or, Maria as indicating a profound change in Wollstonecraft’s thought and in her understanding of the profile of the female philosopher. Where Wollstonecraft once conceived of herself as an extraordinary figure, able to move society forward through the application of her reasoning mind alone, her autobiographical protagonist becomes in The Wrongs of Woman a female philosopher deeply marked by a gendered experience that draws her closer to other women and facilitates new insights, but that ultimately undermines her ability to contribute to progress.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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