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The Cambridge companion to early modern women's writing

"Featuring the most frequently taught female writers and texts of the early modern period, this Companion introduces the reader to the range, complexity, historical importance, and aesthetic merit of women's writing in Britain from 1500-1700. Presenting key textual, historical, and methodological in...

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Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Knoppers, Laura Lunger.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
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Online Access: Online version
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Offering a great deal that will be new to readers at all levels without slighting the most frequently studied writers, Knoppers (Pennsylvania State Univ.) does not structure this volume around individual authors but instead focuses first on the material elements that made writing possible, then on spaces where women write, and then on genres. The first two sections, "Material Matters" and "Sites of Production," are the most useful because they provide the context for a rich understanding of what obstacles and aids women faced, and aids they enjoyed, when they decided to become authors and also of the entire early modern world of writing. These sections will serve as excellent introductions for a class on early-modern women writers and will also be a great starting point for scholars. The third section, "Genres and Modes," is also valuable (though it provides more familiar material), especially in the range of styles it covers, including translations, letters, and religious polemic. All the essays are written in a clear, scholarly, but approachable style that is in keeping with the pedagogical nature of the collection. The volume includes a detailed, useful chronology of historical events and the writers' lives, and each essay concludes with a reading list. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. A. Castaldo Widener University

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