Conspiracy and Virtue: Women, Writing, and Politics in Seventeenth-Century England

Hardcover | December 14, 2006

bySusan Wiseman

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What was the relationship between woman and politics in seventeenth-century England? Responding to this question, Conspiracy and Virtue argues that theoretical exclusion of women from the political sphere shaped their relation to it. Rather than producing silence, this exclusion generatedrich, complex, and oblique political involvements which this study traces through the writings of both men and women. Pursuing this argument Conspiracy and Virtue engages the main writings on women's relationship to the political sphere including debates on the public sphere and on contract theory.Writers and figures discussed include Elizabeth Avery, Aphra Behn, Anne Bradstreet, Maragret Cavendish, Queen Christina of Sweden, Anne Halkett, Brilliana Harley, Lucy Hutchinson, John Milton, Elizabeth Poole, Sara Wight, and Henry Jessey.

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What was the relationship between woman and politics in seventeenth-century England? Responding to this question, Conspiracy and Virtue argues that theoretical exclusion of women from the political sphere shaped their relation to it. Rather than producing silence, this exclusion generatedrich, complex, and oblique political involvement...

Susan Wiseman is the author of iDrama and Politics in the English Civil War/i and of iAphra Behn/i. She teaches in the School of English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.18 inPublished:December 14, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199205124

ISBN - 13:9780199205127

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ContentionsPolitical Rhetorics1. Rhetoric2. Test Cases: Brilliana Harley and Anne CliffordReligion and Politics3. The Political Work of a Spiritual Text: Sarah Wight, Henry Jessey and iThe exceeding Riches of Grace/i (1647)4. Regicide, Pamphlets, and Political Language: The Case of Elizabeth PoolePolitics of Genre5. Poetry and Politics: Anne Bradstreet and Lucy Hutchinson6. Rule and Representation: The 'libertine' case of Queen ChristinaLegitimacy and Scandal7. Martyrdom in a Merchant World: Elizabeth Jekyll and Mary Love8. Legitimising Conspiracy: Anne Halkett, Rachel Russell, Aphra BehnAnd So

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"A compelling exploration of women's relationships to the political sphere in the period 1620-88...valuable and timely."--Hero Chalmers, Review of English Studies