Early Modern Women Poets: An Anthology

Paperback | March 15, 2001

EditorJane Stevenson, Peter Davidson

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Early Modern Women Poets represents a complete reexamination of the field, based on extensive archival research in manuscripts and early modern printed books. While it contains lavish selections from important poets such as Aphra Behn, Katherine Philips, and Aemilia Lanyer, almost half of thematerial included is previously unpublished and uncollected. It aims to introduce the reader to a conspectus of the verse written by women from c.1520 to 1700, at all social levels from the verse of court elite to working-class women's aphorisms, libels, and charms. All genres of verse used by earlymodern women are represented; as are all languages in which women's verse survives: Classical Greek and Latin, French, Italian, English, Scots, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, and Irish. Each woman's work is accompanied by a headnote which combines biographic information with some guidance as to thecontext, intended audience, and genre of her work. The collection is organized chronologically. It should be possible, as never before, to see what early modern women wrote, how they wrote it, who they wrote for, and what they said.

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Early Modern Women Poets represents a complete reexamination of the field, based on extensive archival research in manuscripts and early modern printed books. While it contains lavish selections from important poets such as Aphra Behn, Katherine Philips, and Aemilia Lanyer, almost half of thematerial included is previously unpublished ...

Jane Stevenson is Senior Lecturer, Centre for British and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Warwick Peter Davidson is Reader, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:639 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.34 inPublished:March 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199242577

ISBN - 13:9780199242573

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"The editors of this anthology of early modern women's poetry have achieved a remarkable feat: they have provided examples of the work of nearly two hundred female poets, forever putting to rest the claim that not many women in this period wrote poetry.... This rich and original book will change thelandscape of early modern women's writing."--Notes and Queries"Jane Stevenson, Peter Davidson, and their associates have performed a signal service by further amplifying the corpus of recovered verse by early modern women. For Early Modern Women Poets: An Anthology solidly and neatly extends the field of recovered women's poetry for our study.... Early ModernWomen Poets has succeeded in demonstrating the variety of poems by early modern English women and in making them available in an attractive volume that is a must for the shelves of both beginning and advanced students of the early modern woman writer."--Renaissance Quarterly