“In Specie”: Educational Advocacy, the Material Book, and Female Intellectual Communities in Seventeenth-Century British Women’s Writing

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dc.contributor.authorArsenault, Kaitlyn
dc.date.accessioned2021-04-06T15:29:37Z
dc.date.available2021-04-06T15:29:37Z
dc.date.issued2021-04-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10393/41973
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-26195
dc.description.abstractIn the early seventeenth century, a number of female writers began to exercise a strong degree of agency in the materials they published and the discourse in which they participated. Discussions of expanded female education abounded in their writing, and by the end of the century, female writers had become bold enough to write tracts proposing entirely new educational institutions for women. These proposed all-female schools would have provided teachers and students alike with both an intellectual space free from patriarchal strictures and the opportunity to expand their minds unimpeded. Through analysis of works by Rachel Speght, Elizabeth Isham, Margaret Cavendish, Bathsua Makin, and Mary Astell, this thesis traces the broad preoccupation of female writers with female intellectual communities across the seventeenth century. This project adds to current and past scholarly discussions of female reading in the early modern period, notes rhetorical continuities between the works of these various writers, and hopes to contribute to our understanding of early feminist thought.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversité d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
dc.subjectwomen's writing
dc.subjectwomen's education
dc.subjectseventeenth century
dc.subjectBathsua Makin
dc.subjectMary Astell
dc.subjectMargaret Cavendish
dc.subjectRachel Speght
dc.subjectElizabeth Isham
dc.subjectfemale communities
dc.subjectintellectual communities
dc.subjectmaterial book
dc.title“In Specie”: Educational Advocacy, the Material Book, and Female Intellectual Communities in Seventeenth-Century British Women’s Writing
dc.typeThesis
dc.contributor.supervisorBurke, Victoria
thesis.degree.nameMA
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.disciplineArts
uottawa.departmentEnglish
CollectionThèses, 2011 - // Theses, 2011 -

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