Conspiracy and Virtue: Women, Writing, and Politics in Seventeenth-Century England [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191607110
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 12/14/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 5 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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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     x
List of Abbreviations     xi
Note on Style     xii
Contentions     1
Political Rhetorics
Rhetoric     33
Test Cases: Brilliana Harley and Anne Clifford     59
Religion and Politics
The Political Work of a Spiritual Text: Sarah Wight, Henry Jessey, and The exceeding Riches of Grace     97
Regicide, Pamphlets, and Political Language: The Case of Elizabeth Poole     143
The Politics of Genre
Poetry and Politics: Anne Bradstreet and Lucy Hutchinson     179
Rule and Representation: The 'Libertine' Case of Queen Christina     234
Legitimacy and Scandal
Martyrdom in a Merchant World: Elizabeth Jekyll and Mary Love     277
Legitimizing Conspiracy: Anne Halkett, Rachel Russell, Aphra Behn     313
Epochs Revisited     360
Index     365
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