Seventeenth-century English Women's Autobiographical Writings (Studies in British Literature S. No.88)

Seventeenth-century English Women's Autobiographical Writings (Studies in British Literature S. No.88)

By: Effie Botonaki (author)Hardback

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The early modern period saw the emergence and proliferation of diaries and autobiographies written by both men and women. Although autobiographical texts have been written before that time, the late sixteenth and especially the seventeenth centuries was the first time that so many diaries and autobiographies were produced. Despite the growing interest in early modern women's writings and lives, their personal writings still have not yet received the attention they deserve and several of them still remain unavailable to a wider reading public. This book aims to unearth the forgotten and marginalized personal writings of women in the seventeenth century, and to illustrate firstly, the reasons that explain their emergence; secondly, the influences that molded them and thirdly, their contribution to the formation of the autobiographical tradition.

About Author

Dr. Effie Botonaki received a B.A. in English from Aristotle University, Greece, an M.A. in Critical and Cultural Theory from the University of Wales, Cardiff, and a PhD in English Literature from Aristotle University. She currently teaches European Literature at the Greek Open University and course in English literature and civilization at Aristotle University.


Acknowledgments; Preface; Introduction; 1 A "Proper Garb of Piety, Modesty, and Humility"?:Women's Diaries and the Protestant Prayer Manuals; 2 Entering Diaries and Closets; 3 Arraying a Self in Disarray: Margaret Cavendish's Autobiography; 4 Autobiography, Death and Monumentalization; Afterword; Bibliography; Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780773463813
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 249
  • ID: 9780773463813
  • ISBN10: 077346381X

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