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A Companion to Early Modern Women's Writing by Anita Pacheco Arturo Pacheco

By Anita Pacheco Arturo Pacheco

This well timed quantity represents one of many first entire, student-oriented publications to the under-published box of early sleek women's writing.

  • Brings jointly greater than twenty major overseas students to supply the definitive survey quantity to the sphere of early sleek women's writing
  • Examines person texts, together with works through Mary Sidney, Margaret Cavendish and Aphra Behn
  • Explores the historic context and commonly used range of early glossy women's writing, in addition to the theoretical matters that underpin its examine
  • Provides a transparent experience of the whole quantity of women's contributions to early sleek literary culture

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Grantley, D. (2000). Wit’s Pilgrimage: Drama and the Social Impact of Education in Early Modern England. Aldershot: Ashgate. , et al. (eds) (1988). Kissing the Rod: An Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Women’s Poetry. London: Virago. Green, I. (1996). 1530–1740. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Hannay, M. P. (1990). Philip’s Phoenix: Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke. New York: Oxford University Press. Houlbrooke, R. A. (1984). The English Family 1450–1700. London: Longman. Hufton, O. (1995). The Prospect Before Her: A History of Women in Western Europe, Vol.

It would be reasonable to suppose that she received an education similar to that of Susanna Perwich, which might have enabled her to undertake her translation of Corneille’s La Mort de Pompée. Tragédie in 1663. But further than that we cannot go. We know that Margaret Roper received a classical education in the house of her father, Sir Thomas More, which presumably enabled her to translate Erasmus, but we have no precise details to reinforce the presumption. Damaris Masham was educated at home by her learned father, the Cambridge Platonist Ralph Cudworth, but again we have no precise details to indicate how she became the woman who later was able to correspond with the Revd John Norris on matters theological, a correspondence which resulted in Norris’s Reflections upon the Conduct of Human Life .

During the sixteenth century some families, notably those of Thomas More, Edward Seymour and Anthony Cooke, engaged their daughters in the study of Latin and Greek. By the turn of the century, however, such a practice was going out of fashion, and in any case, it was argued, had been rendered unnecessary due to a good deal of classical literature being available in translation. In the seventeenth century modern languages, and particularly French, had become part of the curriculum for young gentlewomen, though only because it was considered fashionable to converse in French, since translators were also making romances in French available in English (Charlton 1965: 109, 208–9, 227–34).

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