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Women's Writing and the Circulation of Ideas : Manuscript Publication in England, 1550-1800 - George L. Justice

Women's Writing and the Circulation of Ideas

Manuscript Publication in England, 1550-1800

By: George L. Justice (Editor), Nathan Tinker (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 25th March 2002
ISBN: 9780521808569
Number Of Pages: 256

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Until recently it was widely believed that women in Renaissance and early modern England either did not write, or did not publish their work. It is now becoming clear that instead of using the emerging technology of print, many women writers circulated their works by hand, with friends copying and recopying poems, plays and novels from each other or with the help of professional scribes. Through manuscript publication, women's writing reached wide audiences and was collected and admired by both men and women. Women's Writing and the Circulation of Ideas contributes to the discovery and re-evaluation of women writers by examining the writing and manuscript publication of key authors from 1550 to 1800. The collection's analysis of the range and meaning of women's writing and manuscript publication during the rise of the modern print industry alters our understanding of the history of the book and early modern British literature alike.

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'Vital reading for anyone interested in the material conditions of publication in early modern England.' British Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies

The Countess of Pembroke, print and scribal culture
Circulating the Sidney-Pembroke psalter
Creating female authorship in the early seventeenth century
Anne, Lady Southwell and the politics of scribal publication
The posthumous publication of women's manuscripts and the history of authorship
Jane Barker's Jacobite writings
Elizabeth Singer Rowe's tactical use of print and manuscript
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and the changing use of manuscripts
Suppression and censorship in late manuscript culture: Frances Burney's unperformed The Witlings
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ISBN: 9780521808569
ISBN-10: 0521808561
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 25th March 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.55