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Women and Literature in Britain, 1500–1700

Women and Literature in Britain, 1500–1700

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  • Editor: Helen Wilcox, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands
Helen Wilcox, Hilda L. Smith, Suzanne Trill, Valerie Wayne, Jacqueline Pearson, Ann Thompson, Bronwen Price, Margaret W. Ferguson, Helen Hackett, Elizabeth H. Hageman, Elspeth Graham, Betty S. Travitsky, Ros Ballaster
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  • Date Published: December 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521467773

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  • This is the first comprehensive introduction to the works and social contexts of women writers in early modern Britain, a period when it was considered unfeminine to write and yet women were the authors of many poems, translations, conduct books, autobiographies, plays, pamphlets and other texts. Drawing together the pioneering work of feminist literary critics and historians, this survey examines ways in which the idea of woman was constructed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and women's role in and access to literary culture. It also focuses on women writers and their output across the spectrum of genres from courtly romance to Quaker prophecy. A unique chronology offers a woman-centred perspective on historical and literary events, and there is a guide to further reading. Women and Literature in Britain, 1500–1700 explores the history of women's part in the development of literary culture, while revealing how paradoxical that history can be.

    • First comprehensive introduction to the work and context of women writers in early modern Britain
    • Includes chronology and bibliography, providing an indispensable guide for students of the literature and history of early modern Britain
    • Follows on from highly successful Women and Literature in Britain, 1150–1500
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    • Date Published: December 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521467773
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology: Women and literature in Britain, 1500–1700
    Introduction Helen Wilcox
    Part I. Constructing Women in Early Modern Britain:
    1. Humanist education and the Renaissance concept of women Hilda L. Smith
    2. Religion and the construction of femininity Suzanne Trill
    3. Advice for women from mothers and patriarchs Valerie Wayne
    4. Women reading, reading women Jacqueline Pearson
    5. Women/'women' and the stage Ann Thompson
    6. Feminine modes of knowing and scientific enquiry Bronwen Price
    Part II. Writing Women in Early Modern Britian:
    7. Renaissance concepts of the 'woman writer' Margaret W. Ferguson
    8. Courtly writing by women Helen Hackett
    9. Women's poetry in early modern Britain Elizabeth H. Hageman
    10. Women's writing and the self Elspeth Graham
    11. The possibilities of prose Betty S. Travitsky
    12. The first female dramatists Ros Ballaster
    Further reading.

  • Editor

    Helen Wilcox, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands

    Contributors

    Helen Wilcox, Hilda L. Smith, Suzanne Trill, Valerie Wayne, Jacqueline Pearson, Ann Thompson, Bronwen Price, Margaret W. Ferguson, Helen Hackett, Elizabeth H. Hageman, Elspeth Graham, Betty S. Travitsky, Ros Ballaster

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