The Victim of Prejudice – Second Edition
9781551112176.jpg
  • Publication Date: October 9, 1998
  • ISBN: 9781551112176 / 1551112175
  • 260 pages; 5½" x 8½"

Broadview's ebooks run on the industry-standard Adobe Digital Editions platform. Learn more about ebooks here.

Exam Copy

Academics please note: this title is classified as having a restricted allocation of complimentary copies. While the availability of bound complimentary copies is restricted to desk copies only, electronic complimentary copies are readily available for those professors wishing to consider this title for possible course adoption. Should you choose to adopt the book after viewing an electronic copy we will be happy to provide a bound desk copy.

Availability: Worldwide

The Victim of Prejudice – Second Edition

  • Publication Date: October 9, 1998
  • ISBN: 9781551112176 / 1551112175
  • 260 pages; 5½" x 8½"

Mary Hays was an outspoken Radical intellectual in the turbulent decade of the 1790’s. She argued vehemently for the need to recognise the moral and rational qualities of women, the necessity of a better system of education for girls, and the importance of giving women without fortunes a career without ‘servitude in prostitution.’

The Victim of Prejudice—Hays’ second novel, first published in 1799—is a powerful indictment of man-made institutions such as the courts and legislative systems which favour persons of wealth and rank. In the novel the metaphor of women’s confinement becomes real as the heroine’s worst nightmares, her horrors and sense of helplessness become a physical reality.

The Victim of Prejudice is of great interest for its strong feminist content, and it is both powerful and moving as a literary work; this edition makes this important late eighteenth-century text again available to a wide readership.

Comments

“Mary Hays’ passionate tale of a girl who is raped but refuses to marry her seducer offers a powerful alternative to Victorian constructions of the ‘fallen woman’. This early feminist novel, here judiciously edited by Eleanor Ty, should be read by anyone interested in the literary history of the sexualized female, in women’s studies, or in British Romantic Literature.” — Anne K. Mellor, UCLA

Acknowledgements
Note to the Second Edition
Introduction
A Note on the Text
Mary Hays: A Brief Chronology

The Victim of Prejudice

Appendix A: Debates about Frailty, Chastity, and the Dangers of Seduction

  1. Edward Moore, Fables for the Female Sex
  2. Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  3. Advice to Unmarried Women: To Recover and Reclaim the Fallen
  4. [Mary Hays], Appeal to the Men of Great Britain in Behalf of Women

Appendix B: On Female Education, Abilities, and Rights

  1. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Émile
  2. Mary Hays, Letters and Essays, Moral and Miscellaneous
  3. [Mary Hays], Appeal to the Men of Great Britain in Behalf of Women
  4. M.H. [Mary Hays], “Improvements Suggested in Female Education”

Appendix C: On Novels and Romances

  1. Mary Hays, Letters and Essays, Moral and Miscellaneous
  2. M.H. [Mary Hays] “On Novel Writing”

Appendix D: Contemporary Reviews

  1. The Analytical Review
  2. The Critical Review
  3. The Anti-Jacobin Review and Magazine

Select Bibliography

Eleanor Ty is Associate Professor of English at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has published Empowering the Feminine (1999) and Unsex’d Revolutionaries (1993).