Student or Learner
I would like to know what does the phrase in bold mean. I am confused by the verb, "cast". Is "considers" a suited synonym here?
"Wollstonecraft’s anger and frustration over the secondary status afforded women compels her to define herself in antithesis to conventional images of femininity. In the first letter she proudly announces “at supper my host told me bluntly that I was a woman of observation, for I asked him men’s questions" (emphasis Wollstonecraft’s).
Wollstonecraft casts the female imagination as the productive counterpoint to destructive masculine commerce, a feat she achieves primarily through her use of the genre of the letter. While the Rights of Woman argued that women should be “useful” and “productive”, importing the language of the market into the home, Letters Written in Sweden adopts the values of the domestic space for the larger social and political world."
Wollstonecraft contemplates/proposes the female imagination as the productive counterpoint to destructive masculine commerce.