Publisher description for Women of letters : gender, writing and the life of the mind in early modern England / Leonie Hannan.


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Women of letters writes a new history of English women's intellectual worlds using their private letters as evidence of hidden networks of creative exchange. The book argues that many women of this period engaged with a life of the mind and demonstrates the dynamic role letter-writing played in the development of ideas. Until now, it has been assumed that women's intellectual opportunities were curtailed by their confinement in the home. This book illuminates the household as a vibrant site of intellectual thought and expression. Amidst the catalogue of day-to-day news in women's letters are sections dedicated to the discussion of books, plays and ideas. Through these personal epistles, Women of letters offers a fresh interpretation of intellectual life in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, one that champions the ephemeral and the fleeting in order to rediscover women's lives and minds.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Women intellectuals -- Great Britain -- Correspondence.
Women -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Women -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 17th century.
Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 18th century.
Intellectual life. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00975769
Women. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01176568
Women intellectuals. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01178059
Great Britain. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01204623