Royalist Women Writers, 1650-1689

Hardcover | May 5, 2005

byHero Chalmers

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Royalist Women Writers aims to put women back on the map of seventeenth-century royalist literature from which they have habitually been marginalised. Looking in detail at the work of Margaret Cavendish, Katherine Philips, and Aphra Behn, it argues that their writings inaugurate a moreassertive model of the Englishwoman as literary author, which is crucially enabled by their royalist affiliations. Chalmers reveals new political sub-texts in the three writers' work and shows how these inflect their representations of gender. In this way both their texts and manner of presentingthemselves as authors emerges as freshly pertinent to their male and female royalist contemporaries for whom supporting them could be an act of political self-definition.

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Royalist Women Writers aims to put women back on the map of seventeenth-century royalist literature from which they have habitually been marginalised. Looking in detail at the work of Margaret Cavendish, Katherine Philips, and Aphra Behn, it argues that their writings inaugurate a moreassertive model of the Englishwoman as literary aut...

Hero Chalmers is a freelance academic and member of the Cambridge University English faculty..
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.77 inPublished:May 5, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199273278

ISBN - 13:9780199273270

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Table of Contents

1. The Gallery of Heroick Women': Margaret Cavendish and the Images of the Author2. 'Her Harmonious Numbers': The Politics of Friendship in the Poems and Plays of Katherine Philips3. 'Above a Theatre and Beyond a Throne': Cavendish, Philips, and the Potency of Feminized Retreat4. 'Secret Instructions': Aphra Behn's Negotiation of the Political MarketplaceBibliography