Women Writing the English Republic, 1625-1681

TitleWomen Writing the English Republic, 1625-1681
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsGillespie, Katharine
Number of Pages354
PublisherCambridge University Press

This ambitious and highly original book is the first to argue that women played a significant role in formulating and enacting English republican precepts. Even as feminists contend that republicanism's division of the private from the public sphere excluded women from political power, Gillespie demonstrates how seventeenth-century Englishwomen articulated republicanism's key insight: meaningful action, political or otherwise, does and should take place outside the purview of government, in spheres that not only include women, but that women helped construct. 

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