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Conspiracy and Virtue: Women, Writing, and Politics in Seventeenth-Century England

Susan Wiseman


What was the relationship between woman and politics in seventeenth century England? Responding to this question, Conspiracy and Virtue argues that theoretical exclusion of women from the political sphere shaped their relation to it. Rather than producing silence, this exclusion generated rich, complex, and oblique political involvements which this study traces through the writings of both men and women. Pursuing this argument, Conspiracy and Virtue engages the main writings on women's relationship to the political sphere including debates on the public sphere and on contract theory. Writers a ... More

Keywords: women, politics, seventeenth century England, political sphere, public sphere, contract theory, writers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199205127
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205127.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Wiseman, author
Reader in Early Modern Literature, Birkbeck College, University of London
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