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Margaret Cavendish: Political Writings

Margaret Cavendish: Political Writings



Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

  • Date Published: August 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521633505

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  • Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, published a wide variety of works including poems, plays, letters and treatises of natural philosophy, but her significance as a political writer has only recently been recognised. This major contribution to the series of Cambridge Texts includes the first ever modern edition of her Divers Orations on English social and political life, together with a new student-friendly rendition of her imaginary voyage, A New World called the Blazing World. Susan James explains the allusions made in this classic text, and directs readers to the many intellectual debates with which Cavendish engages. Together these two works reveal the character and scope of Margaret Cavendish's political thought. She emerges as a singular and probing writer, who simultaneously upholds a conservative social and political order and destabilises it through her critical and unresolved observations about natural philosophy, scientific institutions, religion, and the relations between men and women.

    • A major addition to this well-known series, this book features texts by an extraordinary figure in the history of ideas
    • The editor, Susan James, is one of the world's leading authorities on early modern and feminist philosophy
    • All the student-friendly series features will be useful for the many courses on women's writing where Cavendish is studied
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    '… a handsome addition to syllabuses on seventeenth-century thought, early-modern women writers and gender studies.' Forum for Modern Language Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521633505
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 139 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.479kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology of Margaret Cavendish
    Further Reading
    The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing World
    Orations of Divers Sorts, Accommodated to Divers Places

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • 18th C. Utopias
    • Milton and Rebellion
  • Author

    Margaret Cavendish


    Susan James, Birkbeck College, University of London
    Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, was the first Englishwoman to publish a large body of literary and philosophical work in her own lifetime.

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