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Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought : Margaret Cavendish: Political Writings - Margaret Cavendish

Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

Margaret Cavendish: Political Writings

Hardcover Published: 10th November 2003
ISBN: 9780521633499
Number Of Pages: 346

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Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, published a wide variety of works including poems, plays, letters and treatises of natural philosophy, but her significance as a political writer has only recently been recognised. This major contribution to the series of Cambridge Texts includes the first ever modern edition of her Divers Orations on English social and political life, together with a new student-friendly rendition of her imaginary voyage, A New World called the Blazing World. Susan James explains the allusions made in this classic text, and directs readers to the many intellectual debates with which Cavendish engages. Together these two works reveal the character and scope of Margaret Cavendish's political thought. She emerges as a singular and probing writer, who simultaneously upholds a conservative social and political order and destabilises it through her critical and unresolved observations about natural philosophy, scientific institutions, religion, and the relations between men and women.

'... a handsome addition to syllabuses on seventeenth-century thought, early-modern women writers and gender studies.' Forum for Modern Language Studies
"If we forget the myth of Mad Madge and actually read her, we find not so much muddle and inconsistency as rhetorical skill deployed to generate a free play of ideas." Helen Hackett, Times Literary Supplement

Chronology of Margaret Cavendish
Further Reading
The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing World
Orations of Divers Sorts, Accommodated to Divers Places
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ISBN: 9780521633499
ISBN-10: 0521633494
Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 346
Published: 10th November 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.55