Mediatrix: Women, Politics, and Literary Production in Early Modern England

Hardcover | June 29, 2014

byJulie Crawford

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Women, Politics, and Literary Production in Early Modern England considers the roles women played as literary patrons, dedicatees, readers, and writers in the late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries, and the intimate relationship between these literary activities and what has often beencalled "politically active" humanism. Focusing on the interrelated communities centered on Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke; Lady Margaret Hoby; Lucy Harrington Russell, the Countess of Bedford; and Lady Mary Wroth, Mediatrix argues that women played integral roles not only in theproduction of some of the most renowned literary texts in the period, including Philip Sidney's Arcadia, John Donne's poetry, and Mary Wroth's Urania, but also in wider networks of intellectual, religious and political activism. Each of the communities discussed was concerned with the cause looselyidentified as international or militant Protestantism and frequently mediated through the circulation of texts of all kinds. Illuminating women's constitutive involvement in everything from the genres of the texts produced - romances, verse letters, texts of religious controversy - to the places in which those texts were produced and circulated - the estates of Wilton, Penshurst, Hackness, Twickenham, and Loughton - andthe conditions and hermeneutics by which they were read, Mediatrix offers an account of early modern English literary production with women at the center and political activism as one of its primary, rather than merely topical, concerns.

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Women, Politics, and Literary Production in Early Modern England considers the roles women played as literary patrons, dedicatees, readers, and writers in the late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries, and the intimate relationship between these literary activities and what has often beencalled "politically active" humanism. Focus...

Julie Crawford is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She has published on a wide range of early modern authors, from Shakespeare, Fletcher, and Sidney to Cavendish, Wroth and Clifford, and on topics ranging from the history of reading...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pagesPublished:June 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198712618

ISBN - 13:9780198712619

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Introduction1. Female Constancy and The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia2. How Margaret Hoby Read Her De Mornay3. 'His Factor for our loves': The Countess of Bedford and John Donne4. Wroth's CabinetsConclusion