The Women of Grub Street: Press, Politics, and Gender in the London Literary Marketplace 1678-1730

The Women of Grub Street: Press, Politics, and Gender in the London Literary Marketplace 1678-1730

by Paula McDowell
     
 

Original both in its sources and in the claims it makes for the nature, extent, and complexities of women's participation in print culture and public politics, this book provides a wealth of new information about middle- and lower-class women's political and literary lives, and shows that these women were not merely the passive distributors of other people's

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Original both in its sources and in the claims it makes for the nature, extent, and complexities of women's participation in print culture and public politics, this book provides a wealth of new information about middle- and lower-class women's political and literary lives, and shows that these women were not merely the passive distributors of other people's political ideas. Quite to the contrary, women of the widest possible variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and religio-political allegiances played so prominent a role in the production and transmission of political ideas through print as to belie simultaneous powerful claims that women had no place in public life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198184492
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

University of Maryland at College Park

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Note on Primary Sources
Abbreviations
Introduction: 'Strange and Unheard of Revolutions'
Part I. 'To Run One's Self Into Danger': Women and the Politics of Opposition in the London Book Trade
1. Women in the London Book Trade
2. Making, Tracing, and Erasing Seditious Intentions
Part II. 'Telling the King His Faults': Religio-Political Polemicism and Women's Public Expression
3. Oral Religio-Political Activism and Textual Production
4. Metaphors of Being and Modes of Empowerment
Part III. 'I Take Truth with me When I Can Get Her': Delarivier Manley and the Reproduction of Political Intelligence
5. Delarivier Manley's Public Representations
Conclusion: The Antidote to these Women's Poison'?
Bibliography
Index

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