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Women of letters – "Gender, writing and the life of the mind in early modern England" - Manchester Scholarship Online
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Women of letters: "Gender, writing and the life of the mind in early modern England"

Leonie Hannan


Women of Letters writes a new history of English women’s intellectual worlds using their private letters as evidence of hidden networks of creative exchange. This is the first detailed study to situate correspondence as the central social practice in the development of female intellectual thought in the period c.1650-1750. The main argument of the book is that many women of this period engaged with a life of the mind through reading and writing letters. Until now, it has been assumed that women’s intellectual opportunities were curtailed by their confinement in the home. Women of Letters illum ... More

Keywords: Letter-Writing, Women, Gender, Intellectual Life, Domestic Space, Early Modern

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780719099427
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719099427.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leonie Hannan, author
University College London

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