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17th Century Women Poets
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Text Repositories

    I assume Renaissance Women Online to be part of the Brown Women Writers Project (see below) though it is nowhere cleary stated. In any case: A wonderful resource, which allows full text searches of fourteen texts by Renaissance women writers (including, amongst others, Elizabeth Carey, Margaret Cavendish, Eleanor Davies and Aemilia Lanyer).

Databases: Primary and Secondary Resources

    The Brown Women Writers Project aims "to create, develop, and make accessible a state-of-the-art electronic textbase of women's writing in English before 1830". At the moment some 200 texts are availabe for on-demand print publishing. Online licensed access to the entire textbase is scheduled for fall 1999.
    The Perdita Project’s aim is "to complete a database, to be published on the Internet, which offers bibliographical information and detailed descriptions of contents for the information of historians and literary scholars." The database will be a guide to about 400 manuscripts compiled by women from the British Isles during the 16th and 17th centuries.
    Iter. The Bibliography of Renaissance Europe (1300-1700) is a searchable database containing approximately 43,000 articles.
    gender Inn is a searchable database for women's and gender studies, with a strong focus on British and American literature.

Mailing Lists

The most interesting lists for students, teachers, and researchers of 17th century women’s poetry may be the following:
    LANYER. Dedicated to the discussion of the work of Aemilia Lanyer. To subscribe, send the message Subscribe Lanyer Yourfirstname Yourlastname to listserv@listserv.arizona.edu
    MARCAV-L. Dedicated to the works of Margaret Cavendish. To subscribe to the mailing list, send a message to MARCAV-L-REQUEST@lists.nau.edu with the body of the message containing only the line SUBSCRIBE MARCAV-L. In the subject field write Subscription request for MARCAV-L.
    FRAUEN-L@ARTSCI.WUSTL.EDU. A list for all who study, research, and teach on matters pertaining to women and gender in early modern Europe. To subscribe send a message to listowner Kris Zapalac at kzapalac@artsci.wustl.edu.



    A sound knowledge of the Bible makes 17th century poetry a lot easier to understand. Since only few people have that knowledge nowadays, the Bible Gateway offers invaluable help. The 1611 Authorized Version is among the many translations and editions of the Bible made available for search (Click on KJV for King James Version).
    Search Bullfinch’s Mythology for Renaissance references to medieval and classical knowledge that you will not find in the Bible...

See also 17th century background.

17th Century Women Poets (http://www.uni-koeln.de/phil-fak/englisch/kurse/17c/resource.htm)
Susanne Webel (May 5, 1998)