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Women and Religious Writing in Early Modern England - Erica Longfellow

Women and Religious Writing in Early Modern England

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Published: 1st November 2004
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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 and political 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 Sothwell, 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, alongside it, the role of women in defining gender and thus influencing religion and politics.

"Erica Longfellow's careful attention to the circumstances of production of these texts is in itself a considerable feat of scholarship...[a]lively, scholarly and enlightening book..." Times Literary Supplement "this text offers important insights to any scholar studying seventeenth-century religious, social, and political discourse." Sixteenth Century Journal "Refusing critical tendencies to read religion as a code for something else, Longfellow seeks instead to recuperate the historical primacy of religious thought within every mode of Renaissance discourse. Longfellow's study is highly successful in charting just how such theological considerations position early modern Englishwomen as active negotiators of gender norms and involved participants within a broad spectrum of social and cultural debates." Renaissance Quarterly Megan Matchinske, UNC Chapel Hill

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Notes on transcription and citation
Introduction
âÇ Blockish AdamsâÇÖ on mystical marriage
Ecce homo: the spectacle of ChristâÇÖs passion in Salve deus rex judaeorum
Serpents and doves: Lady Anne Southwell and the new Adam
Public worship and private thanks in ElizaâÇÖs babes
Anna Trapnel âÇ sings of her LoverâÇÖ
The transfiguration of Colonel Hutchinson in Lucy HutchinsonâÇÖs elegies
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
Index to scripture passages
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ISBN: 9780521837583
ISBN-10: 0521837588
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.54