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EngM98T Week 7 20/02/2008 13:07:00 Frankenstein – Look at issues on gender, human nature and education Mary Shelley – Mary Wollstonecraft’s daughter How women interacted in the public sphere Thesis: women confined in the home (stuck in the dollhouse) and were  underestimated “In this book I argue first that Habermas’s conceptual limitation of the public  sphere in England between 1780 and 1830 to men of property is historically incorrect”  (Mellor, 2). Historical Influences 1. Writing  2. Public Debates 3. Consumer Culture The Doctrine of the Separate Spheres (Mellor, 7): Public vs. Private Spheres Fluid and linear relationship to be formed between “To sum up, in this book I argue that women writers had an enormous – and  hitherto largely uncredited – impact on theformation of public opinion in England  between 1780 and 1830. Rather  than seeing the public  sphere “invading” and  “colonizing” the private sphere, as John Brewer does, I see the values of the private  sphere associated primarily with women – moral virtue and the ethic of care – infiltrating  and finally dominating the discursive public sphere during the Romantic era” (Mellor,  11).
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