Women's Writing of the Early Modern Period, 1588-1688: An Anthology

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Stephanie Hodgson-Wright
Columbia University Press, 2002 - Fiction - 477 pages
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This anthology brings together a broad selection of women's writings from the Early Modern period, most of which are unavailable elsewhere. Unlike many anthologies in the field, this one is multigenre, including poetry, literary prose, polemical prose, and drama. Full texts and substantial extracts are included of writings by Elizabeth I, Margaret Cavendish, Anna Trapnel, Aphra Behn, Mary Carleton, Mary Herbert, Jane Anger, Rachel Speght, and others. Spelling and punctuation have been modernized. Augmenting the texts are brief biographies, bibliographies, an index of themes, and a general introduction covering the wider social and religious context in which women wrote and elucidating issues of feminism and feminine authorship.

 

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Contents

A Discourse of Life and Death
7
Queen of Jewry
78
Gentlewomen and Tradesmens Wives
203
from Whitehall
212
The Convent of Pleasure
257
Ancient Education of Gentlewomen
287
Alphra Behn The Widow Ranter or The History
369
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Stephanie Hodgson-Wright is lecturer in the department of English, University of Sunderland. She is the coauthor of Women and Dramatic Production, 1550-1700 and the editor of Elizabeth Cary's Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry.

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