This radical feminist work is an extraordinary gothic novel exploring themes of gender inequality, social injustice, and the indomitable spirit of a resilient woman.
Maria is a courageous and intelligent woman, imprisoned in an insane asylum by her own husband. She defies societal norms and challenges eighteenth-century England’s oppressive systems that confine women. As she navigates the labyrinth of patriarchal society, Maria confronts the injustices and abuses that women endure.
Mary Wollstonecraft’s powerful prose vividly depicts Maria’s struggle for autonomy and explores complex social issues, offering a thought-provoking critique of gender roles. This volume is part of the Mothers of the Macabre series, celebrating the gothic horror masterpieces of pioneering women writers who played a pivotal role in shaping and advancing the genre. First published posthumously in 1798, Maria, or, The Wrongs of Woman stands as an influential work of early feminist literature, advocating for women’s rights with unwavering conviction.