Women and Literature in Britain, 1500-1700

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Helen Wilcox, Professor of English Literature Helen Wilcox
Cambridge University Press, 13.11.1996 - 307 Seiten
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.
 

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Introduction
1
Humanist education and the Renaissance concept of woman
9
Religion and the construction of femininity
30
Advice for women from mothers and patriarchs
56
Women reading reading women
80
Womenwomen and the stage
100
Feminine modes of knowing and scientific enquiry Margaret Cavendishs poetry as case study
117
Renaissance concepts of the woman writer
143
Courtly writing by women
169
Womens poetry in early modern Britain
190
Womens writing and the self
209
The possibilities of prose
234
The first female dramatists
267
Further reading
291
Index
295
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