Mary Wollstonecraft and Jane Austen: 'Rape' and 'Love' as (Feminist) Social Realism and Romance

  title={Mary Wollstonecraft and Jane Austen: 'Rape' and 'Love' as (Feminist) Social Realism and Romance},
  author={Ashley Tauchert},
  journal={Women: A Cultural Review},
  pages={144 - 158}
  • A. Tauchert
  • Published 1 January 2003
  • Art
  • Women: A Cultural Review
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