Women and Religious Writing in Early Modern England

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 23, 2004 - Literary Criticism
This study challenges critical assumptions about the role of religion in shaping women's experiences of authorship. Feminist critics have frequently been uncomfortable with the fact that conservative religious beliefs created opportunities for women to write with independent agency. The seventeenth-century Protestant women discussed in this book range across the religio-political and social spectrums and yet all display an affinity with modern feminist theologians. Rather than being victims of a patriarchal gender ideology, Lady Anne Southwell, Anna Trapnel and Lucy Hutchinson, among others, were both active negotiators of gender and active participants in wider theological debates. By placing women's religious writing in a broad theological and socio-political context, Erica Longfellow challenges traditional critical assumptions about the role of gender in shaping religion and politics and the role of women in defining gender and thus influencing religion and politics.
 

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Sick book, Erica

Contents

Abbreviations
viii
Note on transcription and citation
ix
Introduction
1
CHAPTER 1 Blockish Adams on mystical marriage
18
the spectacle of Christs passion in Salve deus rex judŠorum
59
Lady Anne Southwell and the new Adam
92
CHAPTER 4 Public worship and private thanks in Elizas babes
122
CHAPTER 5 Anna Trapnel sings of her Lover
149
CHAPTER 6 The transfiguration of Colonel Hutchinson in Lucy Hutchinsons elegies
180
Conclusion
209
Bibliography
217
Index
236
Index to scripture passages
241
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Erica Longfellow is Senior Lecturer in English at Kingston University.

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