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English Women's Poetry, 1649-1714: Politics, Community, and Linguistic Authority
     

English Women's Poetry, 1649-1714: Politics, Community, and Linguistic Authority

by Carol Barash
 

ISBN-10: 0198119739

ISBN-13: 9780198119739

Pub. Date: 02/27/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This study reconstructs the political origins of English women's poetry between the execution of Charles I and the death of Queen Anne. Based on extensive archival research in England and the United States, Barash argues that ideas about women's voices and women's communities were crucial to the shaping of an English national literature after the civil wars. Women

Overview

This study reconstructs the political origins of English women's poetry between the execution of Charles I and the death of Queen Anne. Based on extensive archival research in England and the United States, Barash argues that ideas about women's voices and women's communities were crucial to the shaping of an English national literature after the civil wars. Women entered print culture—as poets and as women—by situating their writing in defence of embattled monarchy. In particular, Barash points to women poets' fascination with the figure of the female monarch (both real and mythic). Their sense of poetic legitimacy derives from the communities they generate around figures of female authority, particularly James II's second wife, Mary of Modena, and later Queen Anne. Writers discussed include Aphra Behn, Katherine Philips, Anne Killigrew, Jane Barker, and Anne Finch.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198119739
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/27/1997
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction;
PART 1: ORIGINS
English and Continental Origins: Queens, Heroes, Prophets;
Women's Community and the Exiled King: Katherine Philip's Society of Friendship;
Eros, Myth, and Monarchy in Aphra Behn;
PART II: ELABORATIONS
The Female Monarch and the Woman Poet: Mary of Modena, Anne Killigrew and Jane Barker;
Queen Anne among the Poets;
Anne Finch: Gender, Politics, and Myths of the Private Self;
CONCLUSION;
Appendices
Order of poems in Katherine Philip's manuscripts and Poems;
Lucasia poems in approximate order of events described;
Anne Killigrew's paintings;
John Chatwin's 'To the Pious Memory of Mrs Anne Killigrew. A Pindarique'.
Order of poems in Jane Barker, Political recreations (1688);
Order of poems in Magdalen College MS. 343, Barker's 'Poems on Several Occasions, in 3 Parts';
'An Elegy on the Death of K. James'.
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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