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Conspiracy and VirtueWomen, Writing, and Politics in Seventeenth-Century England$
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Susan Wiseman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199205127

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205127.001.0001

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Test Cases: Brilliana Harley and Anne Clifford

Test Cases: Brilliana Harley and Anne Clifford

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Conspiracy and Virtue

Susan Wiseman (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses two writers who have not usually been considered in the same frame as politics, Brilliana Harley and Anne Clifford. They, and the language they use, are test cases for this study in two ways. First, when we ask what are the relationships between their writing and politics we find, in different ways, that each corpus is deeply immersed in political concerns. Second, however, the ways in which tier writings register political concerns requite that we expand and refine what we mean by politics. The reception and transmission of these women's texts tell us about changes in the understanding of politics and of women's relationship to it. As test cases, these writers invite us to understand that women were deeply enmeshed in political ideas, and to begin to reformulate what we think of as political.

Keywords:   women, writers, politics, Brilliana Harley, Anne Clifford, writing, political concerns

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