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This essay makes a case for using women’s writing to open up a more inclusive and expansive reimagining of Cavalier literary discourse which allows both for thinking critically about masculinity and for positioning women as creative subjects, not merely textual objects. Locating Jane Cavendish’s verse of the 1640s in its occasional, familial and political contexts, I read it as contributing to a coterie textual practice designed to respond emotionally and politically to the unprecedented experiences of the Civil Wars. Making a rare contribution to the formation of the masculine figure of the Cavalier from a woman’s point of view, Cavendish’s poetry also voices a complementary Royalist woman’s political poetics of feeling and sociability in both heterosocial and homosocial contexts.
Author(s): Chedgzoy K
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: The Seventeenth Century
Online publication date: 07/02/2018
Acceptance date: 15/05/2017
Date deposited: 11/06/2018
ISSN (print): 0268-117X
ISSN (electronic): 2050-4616
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
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