Conspiracy and Virtue: Women, Writing, and Politics in Seventeenth-Century England

Conspiracy and Virtue: Women, Writing, and Politics in Seventeenth-Century England

by Susan Wiseman
     
 

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What was the relationship between woman and politics in seventeenth-century England? Responding to this question, Conspiracy and Virtue argues that theoretical exclusion of women from the political sphere shaped their relation to it. Rather than producing silence, this exclusion generated rich, complex, and oblique political involvements which this study traces

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What was the relationship between woman and politics in seventeenth-century England? Responding to this question, Conspiracy and Virtue argues that theoretical exclusion of women from the political sphere shaped their relation to it. Rather than producing silence, this exclusion generated rich, complex, and oblique political involvements which this study traces through the writings of both men and women. Pursuing this argument Conspiracy and Virtue engages the main writings on women's relationship to the political sphere including debates on the public sphere and on contract theory. Writers and figures discussed include Elizabeth Avery, Aphra Behn, Anne Bradstreet, Maragret Cavendish, Queen Christina of Sweden, Anne Halkett, Brilliana Harley, Lucy Hutchinson, John Milton, Elizabeth Poole, Sara Wight, and Henry Jessey.

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"A compelling exploration of women's relationships to the political sphere in the period 1620-88...valuable and timely."--Hero Chalmers, Review of English Studies

"A compelling exploration of women's relationships to the political sphere in the period 1620-88...valuable and timely."--Hero Chalmers, Review of English Studies

"Full of original research." --The Scriblerian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191607110
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
12/14/2006
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Susan Wiseman is the author of Drama and Politics in the English Civil War and of Aphra Behn. She teaches in the School of English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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