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First Feminists : British Women Writers, 1578-1799 (85 Edition)


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"An invaluable resource to scholars interested in feminist thought.... " --Ruth Perry

"Anyone interested in women's history or feminist thought must read this book." --Lillian Faderman

"Moira Ferguson has selected wisely from well-known and little-known figures and from fiction, polemic and poetry to illustrate the long and diverse history of feminist reflection up to and including Mary Wollstonecraft.... Good reading for scholars and a fine book for classroom use." --Natalie Zemon Davis

"The selections resonate with exceptional force." --Fides et Historia

"... impressive new product, fit for classroom and study, student and scholar." --The Scriblerian

"... excellent anthology... without a doubt at all an immensely important addition to the growing library of Feminist Studies." --Anglo-American Studies

"... this anthology is a valuable guide." --The Year's Work in English Studies

For this anthology tracing the origins of feminist thought in Britain, the editor chose 28 important writers from Margaret Tyler (1578) to Mary Anne Radcliffe (1799).

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Margaret Tyler fl. 1578

From translation by Tyler of The First Part of the Mirrour of Princely Deeds and Knyghthood: Dedication and the Epistle to the Reader,

Jane Anger, fl. 1589

Jane Anger her Protection for Women

Ester Sowernam, fl. 1617

From Ester Hath Hang'd Haman: Address; From Chapter 7

Joane Sharp, fl. 1617

A Defence of Women: Poem concluding Ester Sowernam's Ester Hath Hang'd Haman

Margaret Lucas Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, 1623-1673

From Philosophical and Physical Opinions: Preface To the Two Most Famous Universities of England, 1655

From The Convent of Pleasure, 1668

Katherine Fowler Philips, 1631-1664

From Poems by the Most Deservedly Admired Mrs. Katherine Philips, The Matchless Orinda, 1667

Margaret Askew Fell Fox, 1614-1702

From Womens Speaking Justified, 1667

Mary Anne Radcliffe, 1746?-after 1810

From the Female Advocate, 1799

Supplementary Readings: Works Not Excerpted

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British Women Writers, 1578-1799
Ferguson, Moira
Ferguson, Moira
Indiana University Press
Bloomington, IN
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Feminism & Feminist Theory
English literature
English literature -- 18th century.
English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700.
English literature -- Women authors.
Literary Criticism : General
Women's Studies
Criticism; Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century; Europe; Gender; History; Literature and Literary Studies; Medieval to Seventeenth Century; Women
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