Victim of Prejudice

ISBN-10: 1551112175
ISBN-13: 9781551112176
Edition: 2nd 1998 (Revised)
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Description: Mary Hays was an outspoken Radical intellectual in the turbulent decade of the 1790's. She argued vehemently for the need to recognise the moral and rational qualities of women, the necessity of a better system of education for girls, and the  More...

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List price: $14.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Broadview Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Mary Hays was an outspoken Radical intellectual in the turbulent decade of the 1790's. She argued vehemently for the need to recognise the moral and rational qualities of women, the necessity of a better system of education for girls, and the importance of giving women without fortunes a career without 'servitude in prostitution.'The Victim of Prejudice—Hays' second novel, first published in 1799—is a powerful indictment of man-made institutions such as the courts and legislative systems which favour persons of wealth and rank. In the novel the metaphor of women's confinement becomes real as the heroine's worst nightmares, her horrors and sense of helplessness become a physical reality.The Victim of Prejudice is of great interest for its strong feminist content, and it is both powerful and moving as a literary work; this edition makes this important late eighteenth-century text again available to a wide readership.Appendices of the new edition include excerpts from Wollstonecraft, Rousseau, Edward Moore, contemporary reviews, Hays' essays and letters.

Eleanor Ty is a professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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