Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2016
CD ISBN 9781843799924 $54.98 Eight CDs
DD ISBN 9781843799931 $36.00
Fiona Shaw's narration brings out the meaning of prose that many listeners may find a bit difficult to parse, making this classic work more accessible to a general audience. Described as an early feminist, Wollstonecraft was both a product of, and ahead of, her time. Her primary thesis--which was far from the prevailing view of the nineteenth century--was that women should have equal opportunity to be educated consistent with their class in order for them to be able to fulfill their duties as mothers and wives. Shaw adopts a tone of righteous indignation as Wollstonecraft attacks the views of Rousseau, who felt that educating women was wasteful, and others. The contrast between their arguments is enhanced by the dual presentation of Shaw and Jonathan Keeble in a point/counterpoint discussion. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2016]
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