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Reading Early Modern Women's Writing$
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Paul Salzman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261048

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261048.001.0001

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(p.219) Conclusion
Reading Early Modern Women's Writing

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This concluding chapter considers the possibility of approaching early modern women's writing without falling into either a monolithic notion of fixed identity or, alternatively, an overwhelming sense of inchoate and inconnected texts. It questions whether early modern women's writing is simply a heuristic category. The answer varies depending on the context of both time and the nature of the writers, but it is certainly true to say that in the course of the 17th century more and more women saw themselves as ‘women writers’. As scholars try to unravel increasing manuscript material, early modern women's writing was proven to have a wide range of projected and actual readers, from immediate family members to powerful women.

Keywords:   women's writing, early modern writing, fixed identity, women writers

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