Early Modern Literature in History

Early Modern Women's Writing

Domesticity, Privacy, and the Public Sphere in England and the Dutch Republic

Authors: van Elk, Martine

  • Represents the first comparative study of early modern English and Dutch women writers
  • Considers both womens' textual and non-textual output
  • Contributes to the rich, diverse body of research on Early Modern women's writing
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About this book

This book is the first comparative study of early modern English and Dutch women writers. It explores women’s rich and complex responses to the birth of the public sphere, new concepts of privacy, and the ideology of domesticity in the seventeenth century. Women in both countries were briefly allowed a public voice during times of political upheaval, but were increasingly imagined as properly confined to the household by the end of the century. This book compares how English and Dutch women responded to these changes. It discusses praise of women, marriage manuals, and attitudes to female literacy, along with female artistic and literary expressions in the form of painting, engraving, embroidery, print, drama, poetry, and prose, to offer a rich account of women’s contributions to debates on issues that mattered most to them. 

About the authors

Martine van Elk is Professor of English at California State University, Long Beach, USA. She has published extensively on Shakespeare, early modern vagrants, and early modern English and Dutch women writers.

Reviews

“Van Elk’s well-written and well-documented monograph is an inspiring incentive for more of this kind of research and is highly recommended for anyone interested in transnational relations and early modern female authorship.” (Sophie Reinders, Women's Writing, July, 2018)

“This stimulating study offers the first book-length analysis of selected seventeenth-century English and Dutch women writers paired together or in groups; it thus exemplifies current interest in transnationalism, translation, and cross-cultural comparison. … Well organized, skillfully written, and amply documented, Martine van Elk’s study is an important contribution to the burgeoning field of transnational scholarship.” (Anne R. Larsen, Journal of British Studies, Vol. 57 (2), April, 2018)

“The originality of this work lies in its wide scope. … Those scholars of gender studies and early modern women writers who share this evaluation, and those ready to let themselves be persuaded, should read Early Modern Women’s Writing. At the very least, this study brings Dutch sources under the attention of an international audience by presenting them side by side with their English ‘counterparts’.” (Lotte Fikkers, Journal of the Nothern Renaissance, northernrenaissance.org, February, 2018)
“Martine van Elk’s rich and eclectic study compares Dutch and English women writers working at a time when an ideology of domesticity emerged, with the public and private spheres gradually but irreversibly separating. … Van Elk’s monograph offers an important assessment of how women on both sides of the narrow seas sought public recognition of their artistic skill.” (Nadine Akkerman, Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 71 (2), 2018)

“In this groundbreaking and original work, Martine van Elk shows how women writers in early modern Britain and the Dutch Republic navigated the tensions between a new ideology of domesticity and the rise of the public sphere. Addressing important questions about female authorship, Domesticity, Privacy, and the Public Sphere is also a major contribution to comparative  literary criticism.” (Helmer Helmers, Lecturer in Early Modern Dutch Literature and Culture, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    van Elk, Martine

    Pages 1-26

  • Women, Literacy, and Domesticity in the Public Imagination

    van Elk, Martine

    Pages 27-80

  • Muses and Patrons: Mary Sidney Herbert and Anna Roemers Visscher

    van Elk, Martine

    Pages 81-124

  • Friends, Lovers, and Rivals: Katharina Lescailje, Cornelia van der Veer, and Katherine Philips

    van Elk, Martine

    Pages 125-165

  • Education and Reputation: Anna Maria van Schurman and Margaret Cavendish

    van Elk, Martine

    Pages 167-213

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-33222-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-33221-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-81459-9
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Early Modern Women's Writing
Book Subtitle
Domesticity, Privacy, and the Public Sphere in England and the Dutch Republic
Authors
Series Title
Early Modern Literature in History
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-33222-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-33222-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-33221-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81459-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 299
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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