Women's Literature in the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries: Further Reading

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Altaba-Artal, Dolors. "Theology to Humanism: Aphra Behn's 'The Young King; or, The Mistake'." In Aphra Behn's English Feminism: Wit and Satire, pp. 26-45. Selinsgrove, Pa.: Susquehanna University Press, 1999.

Examines The Young King; or, The Mistake 's debt to the work of Calderón de la Barca (1600-1681).

Anthony, Katharine. First Lady of the Revolution: The Life of Mercy Otis Warren. Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat Press, 1972, 258 p.

Biography of Mercy Otis Warren, a prominent patriot, pamphleteer, historian, and woman of letters during the American revolutionary period.

Armstrong, Nancy. "Captivity and Cultural Capital in the English Novel." Novel 31, no. 3 (summer 1998): 373-98.

Contends that eighteenth century English novelists were heavily influenced by the Colonial captivity narrative.

Beckstrand, Lisa. "Olympe de Gouges: Feminine Sensibility and Political Posturing." Intertexts 6, no. 2 (2002): 185-202.

Examines how Olympe de Gouges's use of fictional autobiography enabled her to challenge gender restrictions.

Bohls, Elizabeth A. "Dorothy Wordsworth and the Cultural Politics of Scenic Tourism." In Women Travel Writers and the Language of Aesthetics, 1716-1818, pp. 170-208. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Studies how Wordsworth disrupted mainstream aesthetic values by placing more emphasis on activity than on passivity.

Boland, Eavan. "Finding Anne Bradstreet." In Green Thoughts, Green Shades: Essays by Contemporary Poets on the Early Modern Lyric, edited by Jonathan F. S. Post, pp. 176-90. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.

Contemplates the impossibility of adequately grasping the world in which Anne Bradstreet wrote.

Boyer, H. Patsy. Introduction to The Enchantments of Love: Amorous and Exemplary Novels, by Maria de Zayas; edited by H. Patsy Boyer, pp. i-xl. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.

Overview of Maria de Zayas's life and works.

Crawford, Katherine. "Catherine de Médici and the Performance of Political Motherhood." The Sixteenth Century Journal 31, no. 3 (fall 2000): 643-73.

Follows Catherine's efforts at being a mother and wielding political power simultaneously.

Debby, Nirit Ben-Aryeh. "Vittoria Colonna and Titian's Pitti 'Magdalen'." Woman's Art Journal 24, no. 1 (spring/summer 2003): 29-33.

Examines the sensuality of a figure in a painting commissioned for Vittoria Colonna.

Fleming, Robert. "Supplemental Self: A Postcolonial Quest(ion) for (of) National Essence and Indigenous Form in Catharine Parr Traill's Canadian Crusoes." Essays on Canadian Writing, no. 56 (fall 1995): 198-223.

Discusses how the characters Catharine and Indiana challenged Victorian notions of proper female conduct.

Harvey, Tamara. "'Now Sisters … impart your usefulnesse, and force': Anne Bradstreet's Feminist Functionalism in 'The Tenth Muse' (1650)." Early American Literature 35, no. 1 (winter 2000): 5-28.

Contends that Anne Bradstreet was conscious of being a part of a debate tradition concerning the place of women in literature and society.

Hicks, Philip. "Catharine Macaulay's Civil War: Gender, History, and Republicanism in Georgian Britain." Journal of British Studies 41 (April 2002): 170-98.

Describes how Macaulay used her historical portraits of patriotic heroines to cast doubt on classical republican notions of masculinity.

Michaelsen, Scott. "Narrative and Class in a Culture of Consumption: The Significance of Stories in Sarah Kemble Knight's 'Journal'." College Literature 21, no. 2 (June 1994): 33-46.

Urges study of Kemble Knight's text to prepare for discussion of the "modern consumption community," which seeks to be entertained rather than edified.

Rosenmeier, Rosamond. Anne Bradstreet Revisited. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1991, 174 p.

Attempts to integrate Anne Bradstreet's life and works.

Smith, William Raymond. "Mercy Otis Warren: New England Idealist." In History as Argument: Three PatriotHistorians of the American Revolution, pp. 73-119. The Hague: Mouton & Co., 1966.

Investigates the interrelation of human nature, human history, divine nature, and divine history in Mercy Otis Warren's history of the American Revolution.

Stanford, Ann. Anne Bradstreet: The Worldly Puritan. New York: Burt Franklin & Co., 1974, 170 p.

Full-length study of Anne Bradstreet includes a chronology, a frequency list of images used in her poetry, and a list of books with which she was acquainted.

Tawil, Ezra F. "Domestic Frontier Romance, or, How the Sentimental Heroine Became White." Novel 32, no. 1 (fall 1998): 99-124.

Examines women's frontier romances in a study of relations between Anglo-Americans and Native Americans.

Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England 1650-1750. New York: Vintage Books, 1991, 296 p.

Offers vignettes of the lives of common women.

Wahrman, Dror. "'Percy's' Prologue: From Gender Play to Gender Panic in Eighteenth-Century England." Past & Present, no. 159 (May 1998): 113-60.

Examines Hannah More's role in the cultural shift of attitudes concerning gender boundaries.

Wesley, Marilyn C. "Moving Targets: The Travel Text in 'A Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson'." Essays in Literature 23, no. 1 (spring 1996): 42-57.

Emphasizes the travel narrative aspects of Mary Rowlandson's account.

Wiesner-Hanks, Merry. "Special Issue: Gender in Early Modern Europe." The Sixteenth Century Journal 31, no. 1 (spring 2000): 3-146.

Examines gender issues from the approaches of social history, art history, political history, religious history, and literature.

Wilcox, Helen. "'First Fruits of a Woman's Wit': Authorial Self-Construction of English Renaissance Women Poets." In Write or Be Written: Early Modern Women Poets and Cultural Constraints, edited by Barbara Smith and Ursula Appelt, pp. 199-215. Aldershot, England: Ash-gate, 2001.

Discusses how several poets fashioned themselves in their prefaces.

Zimmerman, Sarah M. "Dorothy Wordsworth and the Liabilities of Literary Production." In Romanticism, Lyricism, and History, pp. 113-46. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999.

Analyzes Dorothy Wordsworth's arguments against publication of her work.

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