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Women writing the English republic, 1625-1681

Women writing the English republic, 1625-1681

Gillespie, Katharine, author

This volume contains a study of the contributions that women writers made to the social, cultural and philosophical milieux of 17th-century English republicanism. Drawing on the works of 6 women writers of the period, the book examines their writings and explores the key themes and concepts that they build upon. Scholars have fiercely debated the causes of the English Civil Wars and the rise of anti-monarchical and republican thought a century before the American Revolution. This ambitious and highly original book is the first to argue that women played a significant role in formulating and enacting English republican precepts. Even as feminists contend that republicanism's division of the private from the public sphere excluded women from political power, Gillespie demonstrates how seventeenth-century Englishwomen articulated republicanism's key insight: meaningful action, political or otherwise, does and should take place outside the purview of government, in spheres that not only include women, but that women helped construct. Drawing on the works of six women writers of the period, the book examines their writings and explores the key themes and concepts that they build upon

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Published Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Katharine Gillespie
ISBN: 1108215033, 9781108215039
Note: Formerly CIP.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xi, 354 pages
Subject: 17th century, c 1600 to c 1699; Literature; English literature Women authors History and criticism.; Politics & government; Ireland; Literary studies: general; Women and literature Great Britain History 17th century.; English literature 17th century History and criticism.; Great Britain History Civil War, 1642-1649 Literature and the war.; Republicanism in literature.; Literature: history & criticism; United Kingdom, Great Britain
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781107149120