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HIST 354: Gender, Sex and Power in Early Modern Europe (HC)

History 354 Gender, Sex and Power in Early Modern Europe (Graham) Spring 2013

Selection of Women Authors

Astell, Mary  (1666-1731)  A British author who participated in religious and political controversies. She is often referred to as a proto-feminist.

Cary, Elizabeth  (1585-1639)  Author of a tragic drama, a history of Edward II's reign, and translator of a Catholic polemic. Also as a young girl she translated the map descriptions written by Abraham Ortelius as The Mirror of the Worlde.

Duras, Claire de Durfort  (1777-1828)  French novelist.

Egerton, Elizabeth Cavendish  (1626-1663)  English noblewoman whose "loose papers" were compiled into a manuscript after her death.

Epinay, Louise  (1726-1783)  A noblewoman who became involved with such luminaries as Rousseau and Diderot.  Her published writings include MemoirsLettres a mon fils, and Conversations d'Emilie(written for her granddaughter).

Franco, Veronica  (1546-1591)  Italian poet and courtesan.

Grafigny, Mme de  (1695-1758)  French novelist and playwright whose Letters of a Peruvian Womanwas an overnight success in Paris.

Maintenon, Madame de  (1635-1719)  Courtier and companion to Louis XIV.  She took a special interest in the education of young women.

Moulsworth, Martha  (17th century)  English woman who wrote an autobiographical poem.

Porter, Agnes  (1750?-1814)  A governess whose journal and letters have been published.

Schurman, Anna Maria van  (1607-1678)  Student and scholar who was renowned for her learning.

Sevigne, Marie de  (1626-1696)  The most famous letter writer of the seventeenth century.


Riccoboni, Marie Jeanne  (1713-1792)  French novelist who emphasized women's emotions and feelings.


Speght, Rachel  (1597-?)  An English polemicist and poet.


Thon, Eleonore  (1753-1807)  German novelist.


Wesley, Susanna  (1670-1742)  Long recognized as an influence on her son, John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, she is now recognized as a practical theologian in her own right. 


Wroth, Mary  (c.1586-c.1651)  English author best known for Urania, a pastoral romance.

Southwell, Anne, Lady  (1573-1636)  Author of a commonplace book in which she wrote poems, letters, household notes, and other things she wanted to remember.  The text has been edited as: