Royalist Women Writers, 1650-1689

Royalist Women Writers, 1650-1689

by Hero Chalmers
     
 

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Royalist Women Writers aims to put 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 inaugurate a more assertive model of the Englishwoman as literary author, which is crucially

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Royalist Women Writers aims to put 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 inaugurate 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 emerges as freshly pertinent to their male and female royalist contemporaries for whom supporting them could be an act of political self-definition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199273270
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/30/2004
Series:
Oxford English Monographs Series
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.80(d)

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Cambridge University

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