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Exploring the literary lives and reputations of daniel defoe mary astell

Exploring the Literary Lives and Reputations of: Daniel Defoe & Mary Astell

By: Colin Furlong &Sara Tokach


Mary astell

Mary Astell Defoe & Mary Astell

Literary Life and Reputation


Mary astell literary life reputation
Mary Astell: Literary Life & Reputation Defoe & Mary Astell

  • Followed the philosophical writing of Lock and Descartes

  • Study of sciences drove her to write "A Serious Proposal to the Ladies..."

  • Academy proposed was a retreat for the education and improvement of women

  • Concerned with women's morality

  • Conservative feminist: still believed in marriage, the monarchy and the Church of England


Questions
Questions Defoe & Mary Astell

1. Behn as a female writer was racy and controversial, especially compared to Astell's conservative feminism. Who would have had more of an impact on you, if you were part of their society?

2. Astell'sidea for an academy for women was considered extreme, by some. Is there any kind of establishment now that you think would raise this kind of controversy, or be considered extreme?


Daniel defoe

Daniel Defoe Defoe & Mary Astell

Literary Life & Reputation


Daniel defoe literary life reputation
Daniel Defoe: Literary Life & Reputation Defoe & Mary Astell

  • Best known for his work titled: “Robinson Crusoe”.

  • In Defoe’s work we see his democratic political outlook, his religious roots, and his strong American values of individual life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.


Daniel defoe literary life reputation1
Daniel Defoe: Literary Life & Reputation Defoe & Mary Astell

  • Defoe’s literary reputation experienced many ups and downs.

  • It was almost sixty-two years after Defoe death that, his Defoe’s literary masterpieces began to be rediscovered.

  • Daniel Defoe is truly a writer who explored almost every aspect of the life of his time through his writings and did it with knowledge and insight.


Daniel defoe literary life reputation2
Daniel Defoe: Literary Life & Reputation Defoe & Mary Astell

Biographical Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY-DI19GzAg


Works cited
Works Cited Defoe & Mary Astell

  • Novak, Maximillian. Daniel Defoe: Master of Fictions. New York: OxfordUniversity Press, 2001. Print.



Questions1
Questions Defoe & Mary Astell

1. What are some possible motives behind Defoe’s Proposal?

2. How would you describe Defoe’s attitude towards women?

3. How might a contemporary defender of women’s rights, such as Hillary Clinton or Oprah Winfrey respond to Defoe’s essay?

4. Do you think that any issues related to the education and training of women are still controversial?



The end
The End Defoe & Mary Astell


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