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The Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Women's Writing

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Laura Lunger Knoppers, Heather Wolfe, Edith Snook, Victoria E. Burke, Marcy L. North, Caroline Bowden, Wendy Wall, Elizabeth Clarke, Karen Britland, Frances E. Dolan, Mary E. Fissell, Danielle Clarke, James Daybell, Ramona Wray, Helen Wilcox, Susanne Woods, Hilary Hinds, Marta Straznicky, Derek Hughes, Lori Humphrey Newcomb
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  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521885270

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  • Featuring the most frequently taught female writers and texts of the early modern period, this Companion introduces the reader to the range, complexity, historical importance, and aesthetic merit of women's writing in Britain from 1500–1700. Presenting key textual, historical, and methodological information, the volume exemplifies new and diverse approaches to the study of women's writing. The book is clearly divided into three sections, covering: how women learnt to write and how their work was circulated or published; how and what women wrote in the places and spaces in which they lived, worked, and worshipped; and the different kinds of writing women produced, from poetry and fiction to letters, diaries, and political prose. This structure makes the volume readily adaptable to course usage. The Companion is enhanced by an introduction that lays out crucial framework and critical issues, and by chronologies that situate women's writings alongside political and cultural events.

    • Includes a comprehensive chronology listing women's printed and manuscript texts alongside political and cultural events, allowing students to situate a writer or work in relation to historical events
    • Carefully structured to be easily adapted for course usage, and to meet the needs of students
    • Covers a wide range of literary and non-literary genres, providing a comprehensive view of women's writing
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    'This welcome volume showcases how far the study of early modern women's writing has come in the last few decades.' The English Historical Review

    'This volume serves as an excellent introduction to early modern English women's writing. The collection will be of use to anyone trying to get to grips with the breadth and variety of early modern women's writing.' History of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland

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    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521885270
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: critical framework and issues Laura Lunger Knoppers
    Part I. Material Matters:
    1. Women's handwriting Heather Wolfe
    2. Reading women Edith Snook
    3. Manuscript miscellanies Victoria E. Burke
    4. Women, the material book, and early printing Marcy L. North
    Part II. Sites of Production:
    5. Women in educational spaces Caroline Bowden
    6. Women in the household Wendy Wall
    7. Women in church and in devotional spaces Elizabeth Clarke
    8. Women in the royal courts Karen Britland
    9. Women in the law courts Frances E. Dolan
    10. Women in healing spaces Mary E. Fissell
    Part III. Genres and Modes:
    11. Translation Danielle Clarke
    12. Letters James Daybell
    13. Autobiography Ramona Wray
    14. Lyric poetry Helen Wilcox
    15. Narrative poetry Susanne Woods
    16. Prophecy and religious polemic Hilary Hinds
    17. Private drama Marta Straznicky
    18. Public drama Derek Hughes
    19. Prose fiction Lori Humphrey Newcomb.

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

    • Early Modern Women Writers
    • Early Modern Women: Sex, Texts, and Contexts
    • English Literature, 1500-1660
    • Feminist Literary Theory
    • Gender in the Renaissance
    • History of Women in Western Civ
    • Major works of English and American Literature
    • Pre-Modern Women and Writing
    • Studies in English Literary Periods: Early Modern Women's Writing
    • The Rise of the Female Novelis, 1684-1900
    • Topics in Literature: Early Modern Women's Writing
    • Women Writers' in the Early Modern Period
    • Women Writing
    • Women's Studies 351: Early-Modern European Women Writers
  • Editor

    Laura Lunger Knoppers, Pennsylvania State University
    Laura Lunger Knoppers is Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University.

    Contributors

    Laura Lunger Knoppers, Heather Wolfe, Edith Snook, Victoria E. Burke, Marcy L. North, Caroline Bowden, Wendy Wall, Elizabeth Clarke, Karen Britland, Frances E. Dolan, Mary E. Fissell, Danielle Clarke, James Daybell, Ramona Wray, Helen Wilcox, Susanne Woods, Hilary Hinds, Marta Straznicky, Derek Hughes, Lori Humphrey Newcomb

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