17th cent. background
Course Outline
Picture Gallery
Further Resources
17th Century Women Poets
Selected Bibliography

Primary Literature:
Anthologies Works

Secondary Literature:
Historical Background
Cultural History, History of Ideas
17th Century English Literature: General
17th Century Women Writers

Other Online Bibliographies:
Aphra Behn Margaret Cavendish Aemilia Lanyer
Mary Wroth: U Oregon U Waterloo

A. Primary Literature

1. Anthologies

Ferguson, Moira, ed. First Feminists: British Women Writers, 1578-1799. Bloomington, 1985.

Goreau, Angela. The Whole Duty of Woman: Female Writers in 17th Century England. Garden City, 1985

Graham, Elspeth; Hinds, Hilary; Hobby, Elaine et al., eds. Her Own Life: Autobiographical Writings by Seventeenth Century Englishwomen. London, 1989.

Greer, Germaine; Hastings, Susan; Medoff, Jeslyn; Sansone, Melinda, eds. Kissing the Rod: An Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Women's Verse. London, 1988.

Keeble, N.H., ed. The Cultural Identity of Seventeenth-Century Woman: A Reader. London, 1994.

Travitsky, Betty, ed. The Paradise of Women: Writings by Englishwomen of the Renaissance. Princeton, 1987.

2. Works

Lewalski, Barbara Kiefer, ed. The Polemics and Poems of Rachel Speght. New York, 1996.

Pritchard, R. E. ed. Lady Mary Wroth: Poems. A Modernized Edition. Keele, 1996.

Purkiss, Diane, ed. Renaissance Women: The Plays of Elizabeth Cary, The Poems of Aemilia Lanyer. London, 1994.

Roberts, Josephine, ed. The Poems of Lady Mary Wroth. Baton Rouge, 1983.

Rowse, A.L., ed. The Poems of Shakespeare's Dark Lady: Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum by Emilia Lanier. London, 1978.

Woods, Susanne, ed. Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum: The Poems of Aemilia Lanyer. New York, 1993.

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B. Secondary Literature

1. Historical Background

Aughterson, Kate, ed. Renaissance Woman: A Sourcebook. Constructions of Femininity in England. London, 1995.

Clark, Alice. Working Life of Women in the Seventeenth Century. London, 1919, rpt. 1982.

Crawford, Patricia. Women and Religion in England 1500-1720. London, 1993.

Farge, Arlette; Zemon Davies, Natalie, eds. Geschichte der Frauen Bd. 3: Frühe Neuzeit. Frankfurt a. M., 1994.

Fletcher, Anthony. Gender, Sex and Subordination in England, 1500 - 1800. New Haven, 1995.

Fraser, Antonia. The Weaker Vessel: Women's Lot in Seventeenth-Century England. New York, 1982.

George, Margaret. Women in the First Capitalist Society: Experiences in Seventeenth-Century England. Urbana, 1988.

Hill, Christopher. The Century of Revolution, 1603-1714. London, 1961.

____. Selected Essays. 3 vol. Amherst, 1985 - 1986.

____ . A Nation of Change and Novelty: Radical Politics, Religion and Literature in 17th Century England. London, 1990.

Kelly, Joan. "Early Feminist Theory and the Querelle the Femmes, 1400-1789." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 8 (1982), 4-28.

Levin, Carol; Watson, Jeanie, eds. Ambiguous Realities: Women in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Detroit, 1987.

McFarlane, Alan. Marriage and Love in England: Modes of Reproduction, 1300-1840. Oxford, 1986.

Möbius, Helga. Die Frau im Barock. Stuttgart, 1982.

Morrill, J. The Nature of the English Revolution. London, 1993.

Prior, Mary, ed. Women in English Society: 1500-1800. London, 1985.

Russell, C. The Causes of the English Civil War. Oxford, 1991.

Stone, Lawrence. Social Change and Revolution in England, 1540-1640. London, 1965.

____. The Family, Sex and Marriage in England, 1500-1800. Harmondsworth, 1977.

Warnke, Retha M. Women of the English Renaissance and Reformation. Westport, 1983.

Wrightson, K. English Society, 1580-1680. London, 1982.

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2. Cultural History, History of Ideas

Benson, Pamela J. The Invention of the Renaissance Woman: The Challenge of Female Independence in the Literature and Thought of Italy and England. University Park, 1992.

Farmer, N. K. Jr. Poets and Visual Arts in Renaissance England. Austin, 1982.

Ferguson, Margaret; Quilligan, Maureen; Vickers, Nancy J., eds. Rewriting the Renaissance: The Discourses of Sexual Difference in Early Modern Europe. Chicago, 1986.

Gilman, Ernest B. The Curious Perspective: Literary and Pictorial Wit in the 17th Century. New Haven, 1978.

Henderson, Katherine; McManus, Barbara. Half Humankind: Contexts and Texts of the Controversy about Women in England: 1540-1640. Urbana, 1984.

Mercer, E. English Art, 1553-1625. Oxford, 1962.

Parry, Graham. The Golden Age Restor'd: The Culture of the Stuart Court, 1603-42. Manchester, 1981.

Reynolds, Mary. The Learned Lady in England, 1650-1760. Boston, 1920.

Smith, Hilda L. Reason's Disciples: Seventeenth-Century English Feminists. Urbana, 1982.

Skrine, Peter N. The Baroque: Literature and Culture in 17th Century Europe. London, 1978.

Webster, Charles, ed. The Intellectual Revolution of the 17th Century. London, 1974.

Whinney, Margaret; Millar, Oliver. English Art: 1625-1714. (Oxford History of English Art Vol. VIII). Oxford, 1957

Willey, Basil. The Seventeenth Century Background. New York, 1934.

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3. 17th Century English Literature

3.1 General

Aers, D.; Hodge, B.; Kress, G., eds. Literature and Language and Society in England, 1580-1680. Dublin, 1981.

Bloom, Clive, ed. Jacobean Poetry and Prose: Rhetoric, Representation and the Popular Imagination. Basingstoke, 1988.

Corns, Thomas N., ed. The Cambridge Companion to English Poetry: Donne to Marvell. Cambridge, 1993.

Dubrow, Heather; Strier, Richard. The Historical Renaissance: New Essays on Tudor and Stuart Literature and Culture. Chicago, 1988.

Fish, Stanley. Self-Consuming Artefacts: The Experience of Seventeenth-Century Literature. Berkeley, 1972.

Ford, Boris, ed. The New Pelican Guide to English Literature. Vol. 3: From Donne to Marvell. Harmondsworth, 1990.

Goldberg, Jonathan. James I. and the Politics of Literature. Baltimore, 1983.

Healy, Thomas; Sawday, Jonathan, eds. Literature and the English Civil War. Cambridge, 1990.

Hill, Christopher. A Nation of Change and Novelty: Radical Politics, Religion and Literature in 17th Century England. London, 1990.

Jaegle, Dietmar. Das Subjekt im und als Gedicht. Stuttgart, 1995.

Keast, William R., ed. Seventeenth-Century English Poetry: Modern Essays in Criticism. Oxford, 1971.

Lewalski, Barbara Kiefer. Protestant Poetics and the Seventeenth Century Religious Lyric. Princeton, 1979.

Mazzeo, Joseph A. Renaissance and Seventeenth-Century Studies. London, 1964

____. Renaissance and Revolution: Backgrounds to Seventeenth-Century Literature. New York, 1965.

Parry, Graham. Seventeenth-Century Poetry: The Social Context. London, 1985.

____ (1989). The 17th Century: The Intellectual and Cultural Context of English Literature 1603 - 1700. London, 1989.

Patrides, C.A.; Waddington, P.B., eds. The Age of Milton: Backgrounds to Seventeenth-Century Literature. Manchester, 1981.

Rivers, Isabel. Classical and Christian Ideas in English Renaissance Poetry. London, 1974.

Roberts, John R., ed. New Perspectives on the Seventeenth-Century English Religious Lyric. Columbia, 1994.

Sharpe, Kevin; Zwicker, Stephan N., eds. Politics of Discourse: The Literature and History of Seventeenth-Century England. Berkeley, 1987.

Skrine, Peter N. The Baroque: Literature and Culture in 17th Century Europe. London, 1978

Smith, Nigel. Literature and Revolution in England, 1640-1660. New Haven, 1994.

Summers, Claude J.; Pebworth, Ted-Larry, eds. "Bright Shootes of Everlastingnesse": The Seventeenth Century Religious Lyric. Columbia, 1987.

____. "The Muses Common-Weale": Poetry and Politics in the Seventeenth Century. Columbia, 1989.

____. Renaissance Discourses of Desire. Columbia, 1993.

Tillyard, E.M.W. The Elizabethan World Picture. London, 1943.

Warnke, Frank J. Versions of Baroque: European Literature in the Seventeenth-Century. New Haven:, 1972.

Wedgwood, Cecily Veronica. Poetry and Politics under the Stuarts. Cambridge, 1960.

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4.2 17th Century Women Writers

Andreadis, Harriette. "The Sapphic-Platonics of Katherine Philips, 1632-1664." Signs 15 (1989): 34-60.

Bell, Maureen; Parfitt, George; Shepard, Simon, eds. A Biographical Dictionary of English Women Writers, 1580-1720. New York, 1990.

Brant, Clare; Purkiss, Diane, eds. Women, Texts and Histories 1575-1760. London, 1992.

Beilin, Elaine V. "'The Onely Perfect Virtue': Constancy in Mary Wroth's 'Pamphilia to Amphilanthus'". Spenser Studies: A Renaissance Poetry Annual 2 (1981): 229-245.

Beilin, Elaine V. Redeeming Eve: Women Writers of the English Renaissance. Princeton, 1987.

Beilin, Elaine V. "Writing Public Poetry: Humanism and the Woman Writer." Modern Language Quarterly 51 (1990): 249-71.

Chedgzoy, Kate; Hansen, Melanie; Trill, Suzanne, eds. Voicing Women: Gender and Sexuality in Early Modern Writing. Renaissance Texts and Studies. Keele, 1996.

Coiro, Ann Baynes. "Writing in Service: Sexual Politics and Class Position in the Poetry of Aemilia Lanyer." Criticism 35 (1993): 357-76.

Davies, Stevie. The Idea of Woman in Renaissance Literature: The Feminine Reclaimed. Brighton, 1986.

Fischer-Seidel, Teresa. " 'But simple I according to my skill': Amerikanisches Selbstverständnis und Frauenrolle in der Dichtung Anne Bradstreets." Frauen und Frauendarstellung in der englischen und amerikanischen Literatur. 33-43.

Fisher, Sheila; Halley, Janet. Seeking the Woman in Late Medieval and Renaissance Writings. Knoxville, 1989.

Guiborry, Achsah. "The Gospel According to Aemilia: Women and the Sacred in Aemilia Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum." Sacred and Profane: Secular and Devotional Interplay in Early Modern British Literature. Ed. Helen Wilcox, Richard Todd, and Alasdair McDonald. Amsterdam, 1996. 105-26.

Goreau, Angela. The Whole Duty of Woman: Female Writers in 17th Century England. Garden City, 1985.

Hannay, Margaret, ed. Silent But For the Word: Tudor Women as Patrons, Translators, and Writers of Religious Works. Kent, 1985.

Hannay, Margaret P. Philip's Phoenix: Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke. New York, 1990.

Haselkorn, Anne M; Travitsky, Betty S., eds. The Renaissance Englishwoman in Print: Counterbalancing the Canon. Amherst, 1990.

Hinds, Hilary. God's Englishwomen: Seventeenth-Century Radical Sectarian Writing and Feminist Criticism. Manchester, 1996

Hobby, Elaine. Virtue of Necessity: English Women's Writing 1649-1688. London, 1988.

Hobby, Elaine. "Katherine Philips: Seventeenth-Century Lesbian Poet." What Lesbians Do in Books. Eds. Elaine Hobby and Chris White. London, 1991.

Hutner, Heidi. Rereading Aphra Behn: History, Theory, and Criticism. Virginia, 1993.

Hutson, Lorna. "Why the Lady's Eyes are Nothing like the Sun." New Feminist Discourses: Critical Essays on Theories and Texts. Ed. Isobel Armstrong. London, 1992. 154-175. Also in: Women, Texts and Histories 1575-1760. Ed. Clare Brant and Diane Purkiss. London, 1992. 13-28.

Jardine, Lisa. Still Harping on Daughters: Women and Drama in the Age of Shakespeare. Totowa, 1983.

Jones, Ann Rosalind. "Assimilation With A Difference: Renaissance Women Poets and Literary Influence." Yale French Studies 62 (1981): 135-53.

Jones, Ann Rosalind. The Currency of Eros: Women's Love Lyric 1520-1640. Bloomington: 1991.

Jones, Kathleen. A Glorious Fame: The Life of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle. Bloomsbury, 1989.

Jordan, Constance. Renaissance Feminism: Literary Texts and Political Models. Ithaca, 1992.

Keohane, Catherine. "'That blindest Weaknesse be not over-bold': Aemilia Lanyer's Radical Unfolding of the Passion." ELH 64 (1997): 359-389.

Krontiris, Tina. "Women of the Jacobean Court Defending Their Sex." Oppositional Voices: Women as Writers and Translators in the English Renaissance. London, 1992. 102-20.

Krontiris, Tina. "Reading with the Author's Sex: A Comparison of Two Seventeenth-Century Texts." Gramma: Journal of Theory and Criticism 1 (1993): 123-136.

Krontiris, Tina. Oppositional Voices: Women as Writers and Translators in the English Renaissance. London, 1992.

Lewalski, Barbara. "Rewriting Patriarchy and Patronage: Margaret Clifford, Anne Clifford, and Aemilia Lanyer." The Yearbook of English Studies 21 (1991): 87-106.

Lewalski, Barbara Kiefer. Writing Women in Jacobean England. Cambridge, 1993.

Limbert, Claudia A. "'The Unison of Well-Tun'd Hearts': Katherine Philips' Friendships with Male Writers." English Language Notes 29 (1991): 25-37.

McGrath, Lynette. "'Let Us Have Our Libertie Againe': Aemilia Lanier's 17th-Century Feminist Voice." Women's Studies 20 (1992): 331-48.

Mermin, Dorothy. "Women Becoming Poets: Katherine Philips, Aphra Behn, Anne Finch." ELH 57 (1990): 335-55.

Miller, Naomi; Waller, Gary. Reading Mary Wroth: Representing Alternatives in Early Modern England. Nashville, 1991.

Mueller, Janel. "The Feminist Poetics of Aemilia Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum." Feminist Measures: Soundings in Poetry and Theory. Ed. Lynn Keller and Christianne Miller. Ann Arbor, 1993.

Patrick, Thomas. Katherine Philips (Orinda). Cardiff, 1988.

Paulissen, May Nelson. The Love Sonnets of Lady Mary Wroth: A Critical Introduction. Salzburg, 1982.

Quilligan, Maureen. "The Constant Subject: Instability and Female Authority in Wroth's Urania Poems." Soliciting Interpretation: Literary Theory and Seventeenth-Century Poetry. Ed. Katherine Maus and Elizabeth Harvey. Chicago, 1990. 311-312.

Rose, Mary Beth, ed. Women in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: Literary and Historical Perspectives. Syracuse, 1986.

Roberts, Josefine A. "The Biographical Problem of 'Pamphilia to Amphilanthus'." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 1 (1982): 43-53.

Schnell, Lisa. "'So Great a Difference is There in Degree': Aemilia Lanyer and the Aims of Feminist Criticism." Modern Language Quarterly 51 (1990): 23-35.

Shepard, Simon. Amazons and Warrior Women: Variaties of Feminism in Seventeenth-Century Drama. Brighton, 1981.

Stiebel, Arlene. "Subversive Sexuality: Masking the Erotic in Poems by Katherine Philips and Aphra Behn." Renaissance Discourses of Desire. Ed. Claude J. Summers and Ted Larry Pebworth. Columbia, 1993. 223-236.

Straub, Kristina. "'Indecent Liberties With A Poet': Audience and the Metaphor of Rape in Killigrew's 'Upon Saying That My Verses' and Pope's Arbuthnot." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 6 (1987): 27-45.

Walker, Kim. Women Writers of the English Renaissance. New York, 1996.

Wall, Wendy. The Imprint of Gender: Authorship and Publication in the English Renaissance. Ithaca, 1993.

Wilson, Katharina M.; Warnke, Frank J., eds. Women Writers of the Seventeenth Century. Athens, 1989.

Woodbridge, Linda. Women and the English Renaissance: Literature and the Nature of Womankind, 1540-1640. Chicago, 1984.

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