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Women and Religious Writing in Early Modern England


  • Page extent: 252 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.55 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 820.9382308209033
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PR438.R45 L66 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • English literature--Early modern, 10-1700--History and criticism
    • Christian poetry, English--Early modern, 10-1700--History and criticism
    • Christianity and literature--England--History--17th century
    • English literature--Protestant authors--History and criticism
    • English literature--Women authors--History and criticism

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521837583 | ISBN-10: 0521837588)

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.


Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Note on transcription and citation; Introduction; 1. 'Blockish Adams' on mystical marriage; 2. Ecce homo: the spectacle of Christ's passion in Salve deus rex jud├Žorum; 3. Serpents and doves: Lady Anne Southwell and the new Adam; 4. Public worship and private thanks in Eliza's babes; 5. Anna Trapnel 'sings of her Lover'; 6. The transfiguration of Colonel Hutchinson in Lucy Hutchinson's elegies; Conclusion; Bibliography; Indexes.

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