1st Edition

Katherine Philips: Form, Reception, and Literary Contexts

Edited By Marie-Louise Coolahan, Gillian Wright Copyright 2018
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    Katherine Philips (1632–1664) is widely regarded as a pioneering figure within English-language women’s literary history. Best known as a poet, she was also a skilled translator, letter writer and literary critic whose subjects ranged from friendship and retirement to politics and public life. Her poetry achieved a high reputation among coterie networks in London, Wales and Ireland during her lifetime, and was published to great acclaim after her death. The present volume, drawing on important recent research into her early manuscripts and printed texts, represents a new and innovative phase in Philips's scholarship. Emphasizing her literary responses to other writers as well as the ambition and sophistication of her work, it includes groundbreaking studies of her use of form and genre, her practices as a translator, her engagement with philosophy and political theory, and her experiences in Restoration Dublin. It also examines the posthumous reception of Philips’s poetry and model theoretical and digital humanities approaches to her work.

    This book was originally published as two special issues of Women’s Writing.

    Introduction Marie-Louise Coolahan and Gillian Wright

    1. Can a Woman Deserve the Name of Enemy? Gender, War and Law in Katherine Philips’s Corneille Translations Penelope Anderson

    2. Katherine Philips’s French Translations: Between Mediation and Appropriation Line Cottegnies

    3. Hermeticism in the Poetry of Katherine Philips Sajed Chowdhury

    4. Katherine Philips, Richard Marriot and the Contemporary Significance of Poems. By the Incomparable, Mrs. K. P. (1664) Ben Crabstick

    5. Making the Case for Artaban: Robert Leigh, Katherine Philips and the Court of Claims Patrick Tuite

    6. "You Who in Your Selves Do Comprehend All": Notes Towards a Study of Queer Union in Katherine Philips and John Milton Paula Loscocco

    7. "I Long to Know Your Opinion of It": The Serendipity of a Malfunctioning Timing Belt or the Guiney–Tutin Collaboration in the Recovery of Katherine Philips Andrea Sununu

    8. The Couplet and the Poem: Late Seventeenth-Century Women Reading Katherine Philips Victoria E. Burke

    9. "Behold this Creature’s Form and State": Katherine Philips and the Early Ascendancy Lee Morrissey

    10. Katherine Philips’s Elegies and Historical Figuration W. Scott Howard

    11. Memorial Culture and the Kinship of Friendship in Katherine Philips’s "Wiston Vault" Katia Fowler

    12. A Computational Approach to the Poetry of Katherine Philips Kathleen Taylor and Gillian Wright


    Marie-Louise Coolahan is Professor of English at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. She is the author of Women, Writing, and Language in Early Modern Ireland (2010), and is currently the Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded project, RECIRC: The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550–1700.

    Gillian Wright is Reader in English and Irish Literature at the University of Birmingham, UK. She is the author of Producing Women’s Poetry, 1600–1730: Text and Paratext, Manuscript and Print (2013), and she is currently editing a collection of Aphra Behn’s poetry for Cambridge University Press.