The Social Quest: The Expanded Vision of Four Women Travelers in the Era of the French Revolution (Wesleyan New Poets #92) (Hardcover)
Although they held widely differing political views, each of the women in this study - Mary Wollstonecraft, Helen Maria Williams, Ann Radcliffe, and Mary Berry - responded to a common aspiration during the -golden dawn- of the French Revolution and set off to explore the European continent. The writing each woman produced as a result of her quest differed substantially in style and content from her previous work. In the documentations of their travels during this turbulent period, these women functioned as early sociologists, political scientists, and historians, in effect creating a new genre that delivered them from the limitations of women's writing in the 18th century and expanded the choices of later women writers.
The Author: Sandra Adickes is an Associate Professor of English at Winona State University in Minnesota. She is one of the editors of the anthology, "By a Woman Writt," and has written numerous articles on women's studies and education for scholarly journals and trade publications.