A Serious Proposal to the Ladies

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Broadview Press, Mar 21, 2002 - History - 300 pages
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Mary Astell's A Serious Proposal to the Ladies is one of the most important and neglected works advocating the establishment of women's academies. Its reception was so controversial that Astell responded with a lengthy sequel, also in this volume. The cause of great notoriety, Astell's Proposal was imitated by Defoe in his "An Academy for Women," parodied in the Tatler, satirized on the stage, plagiarized by Bishop Berkeley, and later mocked by Gilbert and Sullivan in Princess Ida.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Introduction
9
A Brief Chronology
43
A Note on the Text
47
A Serious Proposal to the Ladies Part I
49
Judith Drake An Essay in Defence of the Female Sex 1696
237
Daniel Defoe An Essay upon Projects 1697
267
From The Tatler no 32 June 23 1709
277
From The Tatler no 63 September 3 1709
287
Select Bibliography
291
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Patricia Springborg teaches political theory in the Department of Government, University of Sydney. She is the editor of Astell: Political Writings.

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