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Writing and Gender Reading List

Writing and Gender in Seventeenth-Century England, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Jane Rickard
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Writing and Gender in Seventeenth-Century England – Reading List


Ben Jonson, Epicoene Or The Silent Woman, ed. Roger Victor Holdsworth, New Mermaids (London: A & C Black, 2002)  

Elizabeth Cary, The Tragedy of Mariam, ed. Ramona Wray, Arden Early Modern Drama (London: Arden, 2012)  

Margaret Cavendish, The blazing world and other writings ISBN: 9780140433722 (pbk.); 0140433724 (pbk.), ed. Kate Lilley, Penguin Classics (London: Penguin, 1994)  

Aphra Behn, The Rover in The rover ; The feigned courtesans ; The lucky chance ; The emperor of the moon ISBN: 9780199540204 (pbk.); 0199540209 (pbk.), ed. Jane Spencer, Oxford World’s Classics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008)  

There will also be a module booklet (to be sold at cost price). This will include a selection of poems and extracts from prose works by writers including Ben Jonson, Emilia Lanier, Katherine Philips, Rachel Speght, Joseph Swetnam, and Lady Mary Wroth.


Please note that this list is by no means definitive – it is intended only as a starting point. The list includes only books; you are encouraged to find recent scholarly articles yourself. Books are listed in order of date of publication to help to give you a sense of how critical discussion of gender and women’s writing in the seventeenth century has developed over the past 40 years (note that in preparing bibliographies for your essays you should not copy this format but instead list works alphabetically by author’s second name).

Linda Woodbridge, Women and the English Renaissance: Literature and the Nature of Womankind, 1540-1760 (Brighton: Harvester, 1984)

Elaine Beilin, Redeeming Eve: Women Writers of the English Renaissance (Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press, 1987)

Jacqueline Pearson, The prostituted muse : images of women & women dramatists, 1642-1737 ISBN: 0710809085 (New York and London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1988)

Anne M. Haselkorn and Betty S. Travitsky (eds), The Renaissance Englishwoman in print : counterbalancing the canon ISBN: 0870236903 (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1990) 

Constance Jordan, Renaissance feminism : literary texts and political models ISBN: 0801497329 (pbk); 0801421632 (Ithaca; London: Cornell University Press, 1990)

Elizabeth Howe, The first English actresses : women and drama, 1660-1700 ISBN: 0521384443; 0521422108 (pbk) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992)

Kate Lilley, ‘Seventeenth-Century Women’s Utopian Writing’ in Clare Brant and Diane Purkiss (eds.), Women, Texts and Histories, 1575-1760 (London and New York: Routledge, 1992)

Barbara Kiefer Lewalski, Writing women in Jacobean England ISBN: 9780674962439; 0674962435 (pbk); 0674962427 (Cambridge, Mass.; London: Harvard University Press, 1993)

Wendy Wall, The imprint of gender : authorship and publication in the English Renaissance ISBN: 0801480477 (pbk) : £14.95; 0801427657 (cased) : No price (Ithaca, N. Y.: Cornell University Press, 1993)

Gerda Lerner, The Creation of Feminist Consciousness: From the Middle Ages to Eighteen-Seventy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993)

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

Carol Barash, English Women’s Poetry, 1649-1714: Politics, Community and Linguistic Authority (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996)

Helen Wilcox (ed.), Women and literature in Britain, 1500-1700 ISBN: 0521467772 (pbk); 0521462193 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

P. Cerasano and Marion Wynne-Davies, Renaissance drama by women : texts and documents ISBN: 0415098076 (London: Routledge, 1996)

Randall Martin, Women writers in Renaissance England ISBN: 0582096200 (pbk ; cased) : No price; 0582096219: An Annotated Anthology (London: Longman, 1997)

Suzanne Trill, Kate Chedgzoy, Melanie Osborne (eds), Lay by your needles ladies, take the pen : writing women in England, 1500-1700 ISBN: 0340691484; 0340614501 (pbk) (London: Arnold, 1997) 

Megan Matchinske, Writing, gender and state in early modern England : identity formation and the female subject ISBN: 0521622549 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998)

Kate Chedgzoy, Melanie Hansen and Suzanne Trill (eds), Voicing women : gender and sexuality in early modern writing ISBN: 1853311847 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1998)

Marshall Grossman (ed.), Aemilia Lanyer : gender, genre, and the canon ISBN: 9780813192666; 0813120497 (cloth : alk. paper) (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1998)

Elizabeth Foyster, Manhood in early modern England : honour, sex, and marriage ISBN: 0582307341; 058230735X (pbk) (London: Longman, 1999)

Susanne Woods, Lanyer : a Renaissance woman poet ISBN: 0195124847 (cloth : alk. paper) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999)

Bruce Smith, Shakespeare and masculinity ISBN: 0198711891 (pbk.) : £12.99; 0198711883 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000)

Danielle Clarke and Elizabeth Clarke (eds), "This double voice" : gendered writing in early modern England ISBN: 0333677463 (pbk.) : £14.99 (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000)

Helen Hackett, Women and romance fiction in the English Renaissance ISBN: 0521641454 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

Danielle Clarke, The politics of early modern women's writing ISBN: 0582309093 (pbk.) : £18.99; 0582309107 (Harlow: Longman, 2001)

Derek Hughes, The theatre of Aphra Behn ISBN: 0333760301 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001)

Leeds Barroll, Anna of Denmark, Queen of England : a cultural biography ISBN: 0812235746 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001)

Christina Luckyj, "A moving rhetoricke": Gender and Silence in Early Modern England (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002)

Paul Hammond, Figuring Sex Between Men from Shakespeare to Rochester (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)

George L. Justice and Nathan Tinker (eds), Women's writing and the circulation of ideas : manuscript publication in England, 1550-1800 ISBN: 0521808561 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002)

Clare McManus, Women on the Renaissance stage : Anna of Denmark and female masquing in the Stuart court (1590-1619) ISBN: 0719062500 (pbk.) : £14.99; 0719060923 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002)

Alexandra Shepard, The Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003)

Clare McManus (ed.), Women and culture at the courts of the Stuart queens ISBN: 1403902607 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)

Emma L.E.Rees, Margaret Cavendish : gender, genre, exile ISBN: 0719060729 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003)

Erica Longfellow, Women and religious writing in early modern England ISBN: 0521837588 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Hero Chalmers, Royalist Women Writers, 1650-1689 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)

Sophie Tomlinson, Women on stage in Stuart drama ISBN: 0521811112; 9780521811118 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)

Will Fisher, Materializing gender in early modern English literature and culture ISBN: 9780521858519; 0521858518 (Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006)

Katherine Romack and James Fitzmaurice (eds), Cavendish and Shakespeare : interconnections ISBN: 0754654532 (alk. paper) (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006)

Susan Wiseman, Conspiracy and Virtue: Women, Writing, and Politics in Seventeenth-Century England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)

Gilli Bush-Bailey, Treading the bawds : actresses and playwrights on the late-Stuart stage ISBN: 0719072506 (hbk.) : £50.00 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006)

 Jean I. Marsden, Fatal desire : women, sexuality, and the English stage, 1660-1720 ISBN: 0801444470 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780801444470 (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2006) 

Paul Salzman, Reading early modern women's writing [electronic resource] ISBN: 9780191717482 (ebook) : No price (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)

Susan Staves, A literary history of women's writing in Britain, 1660-1789 ISBN: 0521858658 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006)

Jennifer Richards and Alison Thorne (eds), Rhetoric, women, and politics in early modern England ISBN: 041538527X (pbk.); 9780415363914; 0415385261; 9780415385275 (pbk.); 9780203965900 (e-book) (London: Routledge, 2007)

Catherine Bates, Masculinity, Gender and Identity in the English Renaissance Lyric (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)

Amanda Capern, The historical study of women : England, 1500-1700 ISBN: 9780333662687; 0333662687; 0333662687. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2007)

Jennifer C. Vaught, Masculinity and emotion in early modern English literature ISBN: 9780754662945 (alk. paper) (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008)

Clare Kinney (ed.), Ashgate Critical Essays on Women Writers in England, 1550-1700,Volume 4: Mary Wroth ISBN: 9780754660828 (hbk); 0754660826 (hbk) (Farnham: Ashgate, 2009)

Laura Lunger Knoppers (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Early Modern Women’s Writing (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)

 Katharine Gillespie, Domesticity and dissent in the seventeenth century : English women's writing and the public sphere ISBN: 9780521120227 (pbk.) : £21.99; 0521120225 (pbk.) : £21.99 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Pilar Cuder-Domínguez, Stuart women playwrights, 1613-1713 ISBN: 9780754667131 (hardback : alk. paper) (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010)

Mihoko Suzuki, The History of British Women’s Writing: 1610-1690 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

Katherine R. Larson, Early modern women in conversation ISBN: 9781137506306 (pbk.); 113750630X (pbk.) (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)

Melissa Sanchez, Erotic Subjects: the Sexuality of Politics in Early Modern English Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)

Paul Salzman, (ed.) Mary Wroth’s Poetry: An Electronic Edition (La Trobe University: 2012)<>.

 Helen Smith, ‘Grossly material things’: Women and Book Production in Early Modern England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

Oddvar Holmesland, Utopian negotiation : Aphra Behn & Margaret Cavendish ISBN: 9780815633129 (cloth : alk. paper) (Syracuse University Press, 2013)

Femke Molecamp, Women and the Bible in early modern England [electronic resource] : religious reading and writing ISBN: 9780191752193 (ebook) : No price (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

 Elizabeth Scott-Baumann, Forms of engagement : women, poetry and culture, 1640-1680 ISBN: 9780191755675 (ebook) : No price (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

Gillian Wright, Producing women's poetry, 1600-1730 : text and paratext, manuscript and print ISBN: 9781107037922 (hardback) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Sue Wiseman (ed.), Early modern women and the poem ISBN: 9780719090721; 0719090725 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013)

Marion Wynne-Davies and Paul Salzman (eds), Mary Wroth and Shakespeare ISBN: 9781138783034 (hbk) (New York and London: Routledge, 2014)

Helen Wilcox, 1611 : authority, gender and the word in early modern England ISBN: 9781405193917 (hardback) (Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2014)

Matthew C. Augustine and Steven N. Zwicker (eds.), Lord Rochester in the Restoration World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Katherine Larson, Naomi Miller and Andrew Strycharski (eds), Re-reading Mary Wroth ISBN: 9781137479624 (hbk.) : £55.00; 9781137473349 (PDF ebook) : No price (New York: Springer, 2015)

Naomi Miller, Changing the subject : Mary Wroth and figurations of gender in early modern England ISBN: 0813119642 (alk. paper) (Kentucky: Kentucky University Press, 2015)

David L. Orvis and Ryan Singh Paul (eds.), The noble flame of Katherine Philips : a poetics of culture, politics, and friendship ISBN: 9780820704746 (hbk.) : £49.99 (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2015)

Sarah E. Ross, Women, poetry, and politics in seventeenth-century Britain ISBN: 9780191792007 (ebook) : No price (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)

Lisa Walters, Margaret Cavendish : Gender, Science and Politics ISBN: 9781107066434 (hbk.) : £60.00; 9781316057032 (PDF ebook) : No price (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Patricia Berrahou Phillippy (ed.), A History of Early Modern Women's Writing (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Miranda Fay Thomas, Shakespeare's Body Language: Shaming Gestures and Gender Politics on the Renaissance Stage (London: The Arden Shakespeare, 2020)


This list was last updated on 02/09/2021