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GESA STEDMAN (ed.), Englische Frauen der frühen Neuzeit: Dichterinnen, Malerinnen, Mäzeninnen, (Darmstadt: Primus, 2001), 240 pp. € 29.90

ISBN 3-89678-416-2

Fourteen portraits of female poets, painters and patrons of art encapsulate the rich contribution which women made to English culture in the early modern period. Often highly restricted in respect of their creative freedom, or written out of history, they sought a completely individual direction and artistic form of expression, which is embodied in these fascinating and completely different life histories.

This interdisciplinary investigation provides a comprehensive survey of female creativity, and artistic patronage and politics, in Early Modern England. Individual portraits of patronesses such as Elizabeth I or Mary Sidney Herbert, of poetesses like Katherine Philips or Aphra Behn, and painters such as Mary Beale, show on the one hand how rich a contribution women made to early modern culture. On the other hand, however, each individual life history demonstrates the compromises these women were forced to make, and the subjections they underwent in their attempts to be openly recognized in artistic circles, as well as the resistance and slanders they faced. These cultural-historical essays bring to life the completely individualistic directions and forms of expression of female artists in the early-sixteenth to the mid-eighteenth centuries. With contributions about: Margaret More Roper; Elizabeth I.; Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke; Aemilia Lanyer; Lady Mary Wroth; Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle; Katherine Philips; Mary Beale; Aphra Behn; Anne Killigrew; Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea; Delarivier Manley; Mary Astell; Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.

Primus Verlag

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