The Polemics of Rachel Speght

The Polemics of Rachel Speght

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Rachel Speght (1597?-?) is the first Englishwoman to identify herself, unapologetically and by name, as a polemicist and critic of contemporary gender ideology. Her tract, A Mouzell for Melastomus (1617), is at once a spirited answer to Joseph Swetnam's very popular treatise attacking women (1617) and also a serious effort to stake women's claim to prevailing Protestant discourse of biblical exegesis, forcing it to yield a more expansive and more suitable concept of women's nature and role. Her volume of poetry, Mortalities Memorandum, with a Dreame Prefixed (1612), includes a long memento mori meditation and an allegorical dream vision that recounts her own rapturous encounter with learning. Both vigorously defend women's education and the encouragement of women's talent.show more

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  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 147.8 x 223.5 x 15.5mm | 335.66g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195086147
  • 9780195086140

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...it has considerable interest for gender historians. * Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 * ...it has considerable interest for gender historians. * Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 *show more

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