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Women, Poetry, and Politics in Seventeenth-Century Britain

Sarah C. E. Ross


This book offers a new account of women’s engagement in the poetic and political cultures of seventeenth-century England and Scotland, based on poetry that was produced and circulated in manuscript. Katherine Philips is often regarded as the first in a cluster of women writers, including Margaret Cavendish and Aphra Behn, who were political, secular, literary, print-published, and renowned. This book explores a new corpus of political poetry by women, offering detailed readings of Elizabeth Melville, Anne Southwell, Jane Cavendish, Hester Pulter, and Lucy Hutchinson, and making the compelling ... More

Keywords: women writers, poetry, politics, religion, social authorship, manuscript networks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198724209
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah C. E. Ross, author
Senior Lecturer in English, Victoria University of Wellington