The female voice was deployed by male and female authors alike to signal emerging discourses of religious and political liberty in early Stuart England. Christina Luckyj's important new study focuses critical attention on writing in multiple genres to show how, in the coded rhetoric of seventeenth-century religious politics, the wife's conscience in resisting tyranny represents the rights of the subject, and the bride's militant voice in the Song of Songs champions Christ's independent jurisdiction. Revealing this gendered system of representation through close analysis of writings by Elizabeth Cary, Aemilia Lanyer, Rachel Speght, Mary Wroth and Anne Southwell, Luckyj illuminates the dangers of essentializing female voices and restricting them to domestic space. Through their connections with parliament, with factional courtiers, or with dissident religious figures, major women writers occupied a powerful oppositional stance in relation to early Stuart monarchs and crafted a radical new politics of the female voice.
February 18, 2022
Forthcoming: Christina Luckyj, Liberty and the Politics of the Female Voice in Early Stuart England (Cambridge University Press, 2022) @ArsScripta @speght @CambridgeUP
Forthcoming: Christina Luckyj, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, is publishing Liberty and the Politics of the Female Voice in Early Stuart England (Cambridge University Press, 2022). Here from the publisher's website is a description of the book's contents.