1st Edition

Write or be Written
Early Modern Women Poets and Cultural Constraints

ISBN 9781840142884
Published January 5, 2018 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

Although the field of early modern women's studies has blossomed in recent years, little attention has been paid to women poets of the period. This new collection is specifically designed to fill the gap, applying new critical methodologies and theories to this group of early modern writers. Write or Be Written also contributes to ongoing debates about canonicity, periodicity, disciplinarity, and the construction of knowledge. The essays in this volume reflect today's sophisticated critical thinking, and represent a broad range of approaches and methodologies. Topics covered include contextualizing the self; female discursive strategies; religious discourses and gender; writing a female space; negotiating power and desire; female writing and the marketplace/publishing; and revisions of male-dominated poetic conventions and traditions.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; I: Strategies and Contexts: Widow, prophet, and poet: lyrical self-figurations in Katherine Austen’s Book M (1664), Pamela Hammons; Public and Private in Aphra Behn’s Miscellanies: women writers, print, and manuscript, Anne Russell; Household Affaires are the Opium of the Soul: Damaris Masham and the necessity of women’s poetry, Margaret J.M. Ezell; II: Poetic Conventions and Traditions: Mary Wroth’s guilty secrett art: the poetics of jealousy in Pamphilia to Amphilanthus, Clare R. Kinney; An emblem of themselves, in plum or pear: Poetry the female body and the country house, Jacqueline Pearson; So may I with the Psalmist truly say: early modern Englishwomen’s Psalm discourse, Margaret P. Hannay; III: Negotiating Power and Politics: The plural voices of Anne Askew, Joan Pong Linton; Mary Sidney and gendered strategies for the writing of poetry, Shannon Miller; Subd’d by You: states of friendship and friends of the State in Katherine Philips’s poetry, Andrew Shifflett; IV: Writing the Female Poet: First Fruits of a Woman’s Wit: authorial self-construction of English Renaissance women poets, Helen Wilcox; A rhetoric of innocence: the poetry of Katherine Philips, The Matchless Orinda, Bronwen Price; Very Like a Fiction: some early biographies of Aphra Behn, Jeslyn Medoff; Index.

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'...a useful volume of essays...All academic collections.' Choice '... this collection marks the growth and increasing sophistication of early modern women's studies, and is thus a welcome addition to the field.' Sixteenth Century Journal 'This collection is well thought out and the essays will provide springboards for further research within this field.' Modern Language Review '... the essays are well researched and presented, ushering in more sophisticated theoretical explorations of the subjects and their poetry than has sometimes been attempted in early works on women from the era... Many of the contributors make unique observations on the women's writing, drawing together texts and contexts in original ways... a useful addition to Renaissance and seventeenth-century literary and women's studies collections.' Renaissance Forum