Mary Wollstonecraft’s cottage economics: property, political economy, and the European future

Packham, Catherine (2017) Mary Wollstonecraft’s cottage economics: property, political economy, and the European future. ELH: English Literary History, 84 (2). pp. 453-474. ISSN 0013-8304

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Abstract

This paper discusses the figure of the cottage throughout Wollstonecraft’s writings in the context of her ongoing critique of political economy. It explores links between Wollstonecraft and agrarian economic alternatives proposed by her radical contemporaries. Whilst the cottage is a well-recognised trope in the late eighteenth-century picturesque, this paper argues that Wollstonecraft’s cottages need to be seen in a distinct light: as embodying a critique of a particular form of economic modernity and as measuring the possibility of an alternative economic future for Europe.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR0111 Women authors
Depositing User: Catherine Packham
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2016 13:54
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2017 04:28
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59964

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