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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: November 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 paradoxical 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. Leading scholars examine the history of women's role in and access to literary culture, and the work of individual women writers. A unique chronology offers a woman-centered perspective on historical and literary events, and there is a guide to further reading.

    • 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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    "At last, a comprehensive collection of essays about early modern women that demonstrates the wide range of women's writing and reading practices during the period, from scientific discourse to commercial drama, from books of advice to accounts of prophecy. offers a rich tapestry of critical approaches and textual information." Margaret J. M. Ezell, Journal of English & Germanic Philology

    "This book would be extremely useful in undergraduate courses, as the editors include a chronology of events important to women, an extensve bibliography, and a wealth of historical and literary information." Signs

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 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.

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    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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