Publisher description for Royalist women writers, 1650-1689 / Hero Chalmers.

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Royalist Women Writers aims to put women back on the map of seventeenth-century royalist literature from which they have habitually been marginalized. Looking in detail at the work of Margaret Cavendish, Katherine Philips, and Aphra Behn, it argues that their writings inaugurate a more assertive model of the Englishwoman as literary author, which is crucially enabled by their royalist affiliations. Chalmers reveals new political sub-texts in the three writers' work and shows how these inflect their representations of gender. In this way both their texts and manner of presenting themselves as authors emerges as freshly pertinent to their male and female royalist contemporaries for whom supporting them could be an act of political self-definition.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Politics and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
English literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Newcastle, Margaret Cavendish, -- Duchess of, -- 1624?-1674 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Philips, Katherine, -- 1631-1664 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Behn, Aphra, -- 1640-1689 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Royalists -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Royalists -- Great Britain -- Intellectual life.
Royalists in literature.