Royalist Women Writers, 1650-1689 [NOOK Book]

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Royalist Women Writers puts women back on the map of seventeenth-century royalist literature from which they have habitually been marginalized. Looking in detail at the work of Margaret Cavendish, Katherine Philips, and Aphra Behn, it argues that their writings inaugur a more assertive model of the Englishwoman as literary author, which is crucially enabled by their royalist affiliations. Chalmers reveals new political sub-texts in the three writers' work and shows how these inflect their representations of ...
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Royalist Women Writers, 1650-1689

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Overview

Royalist Women Writers puts women back on the map of seventeenth-century royalist literature from which they have habitually been marginalized. Looking in detail at the work of Margaret Cavendish, Katherine Philips, and Aphra Behn, it argues that their writings inaugur a more assertive model of the Englishwoman as literary author, which is crucially enabled by their royalist affiliations. Chalmers reveals new political sub-texts in the three writers' work and shows how these inflect their representations of gender. In this way both their texts and manner of presenting themselves as authors emerge as freshly pertinent to their male and female royalist contemporaries, for whom supporting them could be an act of political self-definition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191515170
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/14/2004
  • Series: Oxford English Monographs
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 904 KB

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Table of Contents

1 'The gallery of heroick women' : Margaret Cavendish and the images of the author 16
2 'Her harmonious numbers' : the politics of friendship in the poems and plays of Katherine Philips 56
3 'Above a theatre and beyong a throne' : Cavendish, Philips, and the potency of feminized retreat 105
4 'Secret instructions' : Aphra Behn's negotiations of the political marketplace 149
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