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Royalist Women Writers, 1650-1689

Hero Chalmers

Abstract

This book begins from the premise that when Margaret Cavendish, duchess of Newcastle, published her first printed work in 1653, she ushered in a new, more openly assertive and generically diverse model of Englishwomen's authorship. Investigating the historical and literary conditions which enabled such a development, it argues for the vital role played by royalism in fostering the emergence of Cavendish along with that of Katherine Philips and Aphra Behn, the two other female authors who most visibly achieved similarly prominent literary profiles around the time of the Restoration. The book of ... More

Keywords: authorship, Apra Behn, Margaret Cavendish, gender, Katherine Philips, politics, Restoration, royalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199273270
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273270.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hero Chalmers, author
Freelance academic and member of the Cambridge University English faculty.