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Women and the Bible in Early Modern England: Religious Reading and Writing

Femke Molekamp


This book provides an account of the uniquely important role of the Bible in the development of female interpretative and literary agency, as well as in the expression of female subjectivity in early modern England. In the later sixteenth, and throughout the seventeenth, century women’s religious writing diversified in genre and entered increasingly into a public literary sphere. The book shows that the Bible was at the heart of female reading culture, and women can be seen to participate in multiple modes of reading it, which, in turn, fostered various kinds of literary writing.The sources us ... More

Keywords: bible, devotion, early modern women, english, women’s writing, history of reading, reading practices, religion, literature, subjectivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199665402
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665402.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Femke Molekamp, author
Global Research Fellow, University of Warwick