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Scholars have fiercely debated the causes of the English Civil Wars and the rise of anti-monarchical and republican thought a century before the American Revolution. This ambitious and highly original book is the first to argue that women played a significant role in formulating and enacting English republican precepts. Even as feminists contend that republicanism's division of the private from the public sphere excluded women from political power, Gillespie demonstrates how seventeenth-century Englishwomen articulated republicanism's key insight: meaningful action, political or otherwise, does and should take place outside the purview of government, in spheres that not only include women, but that women helped construct. Drawing on the works of six women writers of the period, the book examines their writings and explores the key themes and concepts that they build upon.Read more
- Examines the writings of six different women, providing the reader with varying perspectives and modes of literature
- Blurs the distinction between various forms of literary discourse and political theory, appealing to those interested in literary studies, history, and political philosophy
- Identifies continuities between men's and women's contributions to republican culture which will be of interest to those who associate republicanism either with classical republicanism or with Biblical republicanism
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'… Gillespie has provided an invaluable resource not just for ongoing debates about gender and the legacy of the English civil wars, but also for some of our deepest and most important questions about political change.' Erin Murphy, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal
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- Date Published: April 2017
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107149120
- length: 362 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 158 x 25 mm
- weight: 0.67kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Eleanor Davies, fifth monarchism, and the early liberal critique of tyranny
2. Brilliana Harley, neo-stoicism, and republican motherhood in the Civil Wars
3. Isabella Twysden and Hobbesian skepticism in the Commonwealth
4. Anne Bradstreet's humoralism in the New England
5. Anne Venn and seekerism in the late English republic
6. Lucy Hutchinson, hermeticism, and republicanism in the Restoration
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