Paper Bodies: A Margaret Cavendish Reader / Edition 1

Paper Bodies: A Margaret Cavendish Reader / Edition 1

by Margaret Cavendish
     
 

ISBN-10: 155111173X

ISBN-13: 9781551111735

Pub. Date: 01/20/2000

Publisher: Broadview Press

Margaret Cavendish was one of the most subversive and entertaining writers of the seventeenth century. She invented new genres, challenged gender roles, and critiqued the new science as well as the mores of society. “Paper Bodies” was the wonderful phrase she used to described her manuscripts, which she hoped would continue to make “a great

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Margaret Cavendish was one of the most subversive and entertaining writers of the seventeenth century. She invented new genres, challenged gender roles, and critiqued the new science as well as the mores of society. “Paper Bodies” was the wonderful phrase she used to described her manuscripts, which she hoped would continue to make “a great Blazing Light” after her death. There are connections here to Cavendish’s most famous work, The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World (1666), a unique tale of a woman travelling through the north pole to a strange new world.

In addition to The Blazing World, this volume includes Cavendish’s brief autobiography, A True Relation of My Birth, Breeding and Life (1667), her play The Convent of Pleasure, and selections from her Sociable Letters, her poetry, and her critical writings. A variety of background documents by other seventeenth-century writers helps to set her work in context for the modern reader.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551111735
Publisher:
Broadview Press
Publication date:
01/20/2000
Series:
Literary Texts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Sales rank:
582,166
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

  1. Birth, Breeding, and Self-fashioning
  2. Gender and Serious Play
  3. Women and the New Science

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle: A Brief Chronology

Part I: Birth, Breeding, and Self-fashioning

  1. A True Relation of my Birth, Breeding, and Life (1656)
  2. Selections from CCXI Sociable Letters (1664)
  3. Preface to Orations of Divers Sorts (1662)
  4. Letter of Mary Evelyn to Ralph Bohun (c.1667)

Part II: Gender and Serious Play

  1. The Convent of Pleasure (1668)
  2. Preface to the Reader, The Worlds Olio (1655)
  3. Female Orations, from Orations of Divers Sorts (1662)

Part III: Women and the New Science

  1. The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World (1666)
  2. Selections from Poems and Fancies (1635)
  3. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis (1627)
  4. Selections from Letters and Poems in Honour of … Margaret, Duchess of Newcastle (1676)
  5. Aphra Behn, Preface to her translation of Fontenelle’s Entretiens sur la pluralite des mondes (1688)

Works Cited and Select Bibliography

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