Viewing the poem as a social agent and product in women's lives, the essays in this collection examine factors influencing the relationships between writers and readers of poetry in seventeenth-century England and Scotland. The archival and theoretical research on literary authorship, textual transmission and socio-literary networks invites a re-examination of the production and reception of poetry, and alters our understanding of the way poetry participated in social, literary and political life.
The volume takes account of the expansion and changes to the canon of women's poetry and emerging research on key aspects of literary production and reception. It builds on and responds to both recent critical emphasis on literary form and on archival scholarship in women's writing, understanding the two emphases to be mutually informative.
This book explores the way women understood the poem, examines how the poem was shared, circulated and rewritten, and traces its path through wider social relations. It will appeal to any scholar of literature and gender working in Renaissance and seventeenth century studies. -- .
Susan Wiseman is Professor of Seventeenth-Century Literature at Birkbeck, University of London -- .
Introduction: Researching early modern women and the poem - Susan Wiseman Part I: Inheritance 1. Women's poetry and classical authors: Lucy Hutchinson and the classicisation of scripture - Edward Paleit 2. Elizabeth Melville and the religious sonnet sequence in Scotland and England - Sarah CE Ross 3. The Sapphic sontext of Lady Mary Wroth's Pamphilia to Amphilanthus - Line Cottegnies 4. Women poets and men's sentences: genre and literary tradition in Katherine Philips's early poetry - Gillian Wright Part II: Circulation 5. 'We thy Sydnean Psalmes shall celebrate': collaborative authorship, Sidney's Sister and the English devotional lyric - Suzanne Trill 6. 'Mary Wroth and hermaphroditic circulation' - Paul Salzman 7. Sisterhood and female friendship in Constance Aston Fowler's verse miscellany - Helen Hackett 8. Late seventeenth-century women poets and the anxiety of attribution - Margaret JM Ezell Part III: Narrative 9. Rethinking authorial reluctance in the paratexts to Anne Bradstreet's poetry - Patricia Pender 10. A 'goodly sample': exemplarity, female complaint and early modern women's poetry - Ros Smith 11. 'The nine-liv'd Sex': women and justice in seventeenth-century popular poetry - Judith Hudson 12. 'The contemplative woman's recreation? Kaherine Austen ad the estate poem - Susan Wiseman Afterword: Reading and early modern women and the poem - Patricia Pender and Rosalind Smith Index -- .