Margaret Cavendish: Gender, Genre, Exile
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BeschreibungMargaret Cavendish was one of the most prolific, complex and misunderstood writers of the seventeenth century. A contemporary of Descartes and Hobbes, she was fascinated by philosophical, scientific and imaginative advances, and struggled to overcome the political and cultural obstacles which threatened to stop her engagement with such discourses. Rees examines how Cavendish engaged with the work of thinkers such as Lucretius, Plato, Homer and Harvey in an attempt to write her way out of the exile which threatened not only her intellectual pursuits but her very existence. What emerges is the image of an intelligent, audacious and intrepid early modern woman whose tale will appeal to specialists and general readers alike.
InhaltsverzeichnisAcknowledgements Introduction: A glorious resurrection 1. The 1650s: Genre and exile 2. 'Sweet Honey of the Muses': Lucretian resonance in 'Poems, and Fancies' 3. 'Heavens Library': Platonic paradigms and trial by genre 4. Travellia's travails: Homeric motifs in 'Assaulted and Pursued Chastity' 5. Figures of speech: 'The Animall Parliament' 6. Fictions of the mind Conclusion: Rehabilitations Appendix A - 'A horrible precipice': Lucy Hutchinson's Lucretius Bibliography
PortraitEmma L.E. Rees is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Chester College
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: MANCHESTER UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2004
Seitenanzahl: 218 Seiten