Bibliography (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
Carlson, Julie A. England’s First Family of Writers: Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Mary Shelley. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007. Examines Godwin’s work within the context of writings by his wife Mary Wollstonecraft and his daughter Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, demonstrating how their works engage in a “dialogue” with each other.
Clark, John P. The Philosophical Anarchism of William Godwin. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1977. A major study of Godwin’s vision of a fundamentally reformed society.
Esterhammer, Angela. “Godwin’s Suspicion of Speech Acts.” Studies in Romanticism 39, no. 4 (Winter, 2000): 553. Discusses how Godwin denounces promises in An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and analyzes other aspects of his linguistic theory about the interpersonal functions of language. Explains his ideas about the relationship of language and truth as reflected in his writings of the 1790’s.
Hodson, Jane. Language and Revolution in Burke, Wollstonecraft, Paine, and Godwin. Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, 2007. Focuses on An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and other works that engaged in the British and American debate about the French Revolution. Hodson demonstrates the role of language in...
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