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Reflections on Marriage" and Other Writings by Mary Astell.
The First English Feminist : "Reflections on Marriage" and Other Writings by Mary Astell.
Mary Astell’s pithy, proto-feminist Reflections Upon Marriage (1700) was a radical treatise exposing the inequalities of. .
Mary Astell’s pithy, proto-feminist Reflections Upon Marriage (1700) was a radical treatise exposing the inequalities of early modern marriage practices. Astell never married but instead devoted her life to intellectual pursuits: she was the first woman to study astronomy at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, and corresponded with the most influential academics of the era. Astell was also a tireless advocate of universal education for women, publishing the controversial but widely read manifesto A Serious Proposal to the Ladies which detailed a plan to set up an academy for women, funded by their dowries.
In The First English Feminist: Reflections Upon Marriage and Other Writings by Mary Astell. Norton, Jane Elizabeth. Some Uncollected Authors XXVII: Mary Astell, 1666–1731. Book Collector 10 (1961): 58–65. New York: St. Martin’s, 1986.
Reflections on Marriage is a scathing criticism of marriage d la mode and Bridget Hill is right to give it the .
Reflections on Marriage is a scathing criticism of marriage d la mode and Bridget Hill is right to give it the prominence she does. correspondence are absent from The First English Feminist, which is a pity because they not only clarify the position from which she proposed her alternative to marriage but also help the modem reader to understand why she was perceived as a demi-Catholic by her contemporaries - by the admiring Norris, who compared her to St Teresa, by alarmed Anglican bishops who recommended women. not to support her schemes, and by the satirists of The Tatler. To critics and admirers alike, Mary Astell's writing represented a call to celibacy.
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If all Men are born free, how is it that all Women are born Slaves? – Mary Astell, Some Reflections upon Marriage. Mary Astell (Newcastle upon Tyne, 12 November 1666 – London, 11 May 1731) was an English protofeminist writer and rhetorician. Her advocacy of equal educational opportunities for women has earned her the title "the first English feminist. Few records of Mary Astell's life have survived.
Mary Astell, Some Reflections Upon Marriage in The First English Feminist: Reflections Upon Marriage and other writings by Mary Astell, ed. Bridget Hill. Aldershot: Gower Publishing Company, 1986), 119. Henceforth cited internally as SR. 2. The 1632 tract The Lawes Resolutions of Womens Rights explains the wife's loss of identity thus: "When a small brooke or little river incorporateth Rhodanus, Humber, or the Thames, the poore Rivolet loseth her name, it is carried and recarried with the new associate, it beareth no sway, it possesseth nothing during coverture.