Margaret Cavendish Political Writings

Margaret Cavendish  Political Writings

The political writings of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle.

Author: Professor Margaret Cavendish

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521633508

Category: History

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The political writings of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle.
Categories: History

Margaret Cavendish

Margaret Cavendish

This is the first volume to provide a cross-section of Cavendish's writings, views and arguments, along with introductory material.

Author: David Cunning

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190664084

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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The Seventeenth-Century philosopher, scientist, poet, playwright, and novelist Margaret Cavendish went to battle with the great thinkers of her time, and arguably got the better of them in many cases. She took a creative and systematic stand on the major questions of philosophy of mind, epistemology, metaphysics, and political philosophy. She argued that human beings and all other members of the created universe are purely material creatures, and she held that there are many other ways in which creatures are alike as well: for example, human beings, non-human animals, spiders, cells, and all other beings exhibit skill, wisdom, and activity, and so the universe of matter is not the largely dead and unimpressive region that most of her contemporaries thought it to be. Creatures instead are sophisticated and display a wide spectrum of intelligent activity, ranging from the highly conscious mentality that Descartes posited to be part and parcel of human thought, to embodied forms of cognition that is more common in non-human creatures but that guide a significant portion of human behavior as well. Cavendish then used her fictional work to further illustrate her views and arguments, and also to craft alternative fictional worlds in which the climate for women was very different than on Seventeenth-Century earth - a climate in which women could be taken seriously in the role of philosopher, writer, scientist, military general, and other roles. This is the first volume to provide a cross-section of Cavendish's writings, views and arguments, along with introductory material. It excerpts the key portions of all her texts including annotated notes highlighting the interconnections between them. Including a general introduction by Cunning, the book will allow students to work toward a systematic picture of Cavendish's metaphysics, epistemology, and political philosophy (and including some of her non-philosophical work as well) and to see her in dialogue with philosophers who are part of the traditional canon.
Categories: Philosophy

Margaret Cavendish

Margaret Cavendish

Exploring connections between Cavendish's science, literature, and politics, Walters challenges the view that Cavendish's thought was characterised by conservative royalism.

Author: Lisa Walters

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107066434

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 259

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Exploring connections between Cavendish's science, literature, and politics, Walters challenges the view that Cavendish's thought was characterised by conservative royalism.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Authorial Conquests

Authorial Conquests

The book is distributed by Associated University Presses. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).

Author: Line Cottegnies

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 0838639836

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 238

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Cottegnies (English literature, University of Paris 8-Saint Denis) and Weitz (University of Oxford) offer a collection of essays on Margaret Cavendish's innovative use of genre. These interdisciplinary and multinational contributions present a variety of critical approaches to the problem of placing Cavendish's writing in the context of contemporary literary and philosophical history. The book is distributed by Associated University Presses. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Princely Brave Woman

A Princely Brave Woman

This collection of essays presents a variety of new approaches to the oeuvre of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, one of the most influential and controversial women writers of the seventeenth century.

Author: Stephen Clucas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351755665

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 302

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This title was first published in 2003. This collection of essays presents a variety of new approaches to the oeuvre of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, one of the most influential and controversial women writers of the seventeenth century. Reflecting the full range of Cavendish's output - which included poetry, drama, prose fictions, orations, and natural philosophy - these essays re-assess Cavendish's place in seventeenth- century literature and philosophy. Whilst approaching Cavendish's work from a range of critical (and disciplinary) perspectives, the authors of these essays are united in their commitment to recovering her writings from their frequent characterisation as "eccentric" or "idiosyncratic", and aim to present her work as historically legible within the cultural contexts in which they were written. The "Mad Madge" of literary legend and tradition is re-written as a bold, innovative and experimental creator of a female authorial voice, and as a thinker vitally in contact with the intellectual currents of her age.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Natural Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish

The Natural Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish

It not only celebrates Cavendish as a true figure of the scientific age but contributes to a broader understanding of the contested nature of the scientific revolution.

Author: Lisa T. Sarasohn

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801894435

Category: History

Page: 251

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It not only celebrates Cavendish as a true figure of the scientific age but contributes to a broader understanding of the contested nature of the scientific revolution.
Categories: History

Margaret Cavendish and the Exiles of the Mind

Margaret Cavendish and the Exiles of the Mind

This volume presents Cavendish's writing self, the self she treasured above all others.

Author: Anna Battigelli

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813183855

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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Margaret Cavendish, duchess of Newcastle (1623-1673), led a dramatic life that brought her into contact with kings, queens, and the leading thinkers of her day. The English civil wars forced her into exile, accompanying Queen Henrietta Maria and her court to Paris. From this vantage point, she began writing voluminously, responding to the events and major intellectual movements of the mid-seventeenth century. Cavendish published twenty-three volumes in her lifetime, including plays, romances, poetry, letters, biography, and natural philosophy. In them she explored the political, scientific, and philosophical ideas of her day. While previous biographers of Cavendish have focused almost exclusively on her eccentric public behavior, Anna Battigelli is the first to explore in depth her intellectual life. She dismisses the myth of Cavendish as an isolated and lonely thinker, arguing that the role of exile was a rhetorical stance, one that allowed Cavendish to address and even criticize her world. She, like others writing during the period after the English civil wars, focused squarely on the problem of finding the proper relationship between mind and world. This volume presents Cavendish's writing self, the self she treasured above all others.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Margaret Cavendish

Margaret Cavendish

Margaret Cavendish was the most extraordinary seventeenth-century Englishwoman, refusing to be silent when exiled by the Crowmellian regime, she fought to make her voice heard through her fascinating publications.

Author: Emma L. E. Rees

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719060729

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

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Margaret Cavendish was the most extraordinary seventeenth-century Englishwoman, refusing to be silent when exiled by the Crowmellian regime, she fought to make her voice heard through her fascinating publications.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Literature and the Politics of Family in Seventeenth Century England

Literature and the Politics of Family in Seventeenth Century England

In this wide-ranging study, Su Fang Ng analyses the language and metaphors used to describe the relationship between politics and the family in both literary and political writings and offers a fresh perspective on how seventeenth-century ...

Author: Su Fang Ng

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139463102

Category: Literary Criticism

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A common literary language linked royal absolutism to radical religion and republicanism in seventeenth-century England. Authors from both sides of the Civil Wars, including Milton, Hobbes, Margaret Cavendish, and the Quakers, adapted the analogy between family and state to support radically different visions of political community. They used family metaphors to debate the limits of political authority, rethink gender roles, and imagine community in a period of social and political upheaval. While critical attention has focused on how the common analogy linking father and king, family and state, bolstered royal and paternal claims to authority and obedience, its meaning was in fact intensely contested. In this wide-ranging study, Su Fang Ng analyses the language and metaphors used to describe the relationship between politics and the family in both literary and political writings and offers a fresh perspective on how seventeenth-century literature reflected as well as influenced political thought.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Description of a New World Called the Blazing World

The Description of a New World  Called the Blazing World

This Broadview Edition includes related historical materials on the new science and Cavendish’s role in the intellectual world of her time.

Author: Margaret Cavendish

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 9781770486317

Category: Fiction

Page: 220

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First published in 1666, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle’s Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World is the first fictional portrayal of women and the new science. In Blazing World, Cavendish depicts her heroine, the Empress, in multiple roles. The Empress is leader of a dreamlike utopian world reachable through the North Pole, filled with talking animals and intelligent hybrid creatures. She establishes a royal society of scientists, initiates learned conferences, interrogates existing knowledge, and spends her days speculating on natural philosophy. She also forms a lively intellectual collaboration with the “Duchess of Newcastle,” a female character summoned from Earth. A companion volume to Cavendish’s important Observations upon Experimental Philosophy, Blazing World is the first science-fiction novel known to have been written and published by a woman, and represents a pioneering female scientific utopia. This Broadview Edition includes related historical materials on the new science and Cavendish’s role in the intellectual world of her time.
Categories: Fiction