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
     
 


This study reconstructs the political origins of English women's poetry between the execution of Charles I and the death of Queen Anne. Drawing 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.… See more details below

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This study reconstructs the political origins of English women's poetry between the execution of Charles I and the death of Queen Anne. Drawing 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.

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"This is a clearly written, well-argued, and informative book."--Choice

"It is a work of scholarship...Barash's lucid writing style and the intriguing women she details should also bring pleasure, and enlightenment, to anyone who cares about the history, and politics, of English poetry."--The Sunday Star-Ledger

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ISBN-13:
9780198186861
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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