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Forms of Engagement: Women, Poetry and Culture 1640-1680

Elizabeth Scott-Baumann


This book reveals previously unrecognized patterns of influence between women poets Katherine Philips, Lucy Hutchinson, and Margaret Cavendish and their peers and predecessors including Donne, Jonson, Hobbes, Davenant, Cowley, and Milton. It shows how the aesthetic qualities of women’s poetry emerge from the culture in which they write: Margaret Cavendish develops a poetics of singularity, Katherine Philips of sociability, and Lucy Hutchinson of irony in a literary culture shared with men. While early modern women writers have to date been served more fully by historical and biographical than ... More

Keywords: women writers, poetry, seventeenth-century literature, poetic form, influence, formalism, Katherine Philips, Margaret Cavendish, Lucy Hutchinson, literary culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199676521
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199676521.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Scott-Baumann, author
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, King's College London