Autobiography and Gender in Early Modern Literature: Reading Women's Lives, 1600-1680 (Hardback)
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Autobiography and Gender in Early Modern Literature: Reading Women's Lives, 1600-1680 (Hardback)

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Hardback 226 Pages / Published: 02/03/2006
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Early modern autobiographies and diaries provide a unique insight into women's lives and how they remembered, interpreted and represented their experiences. Sharon Seelig analyses the writings of six seventeenth-century women: diaries by Margaret Hoby and Anne Clifford, more extended narratives by Lucy Hutchinson, Ann Fanshawe, and Anne Halkett, and the extraordinarily varied and self-dramatising publications of Margaret Cavendish. Combining an account of the development of autobiography with close and attentive reading of the texts, Seelig explores the relation between the writers' choices of genre and form and the stories they chose to tell. She demonstrates how, in the course of the seventeenth century, women writers progressed from quite simple forms based on factual accounts to much more imaginative and persuasive acts of self-presentation. This important contribution to the fields of early modern literary studies and gender studies illuminates the interactions between literature and autobiography.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521856959
Number of pages: 226
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 235 x 160 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review of the hardback: '... effectively dismantles the often gendered dichotomy between manuscript and print.' The Times Literary Supplement
Review of the hardback: 'In her book on women's life-writings in the seventeenth century, Sharon Cadman Seelig has given us a balanced and insightful study of six English noblemen and their self-representations in their own autobiographical accounts. ... outstanding study of women's life-writings in the seventeenth century.' Sixteenth Century Journal
Review of the hardback: 'The curious strength of Seelig's book lies in its abstention from further generalisation and speculation. ... with a fine and accurate eye for structure, textual and historical detail, Seelig discusses how diverse conceptual models work in the individual texts ...' Anglia Newspaper for English Philology

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