Back to search results

"To converse is, in its most fundamental sense, to engage with society. The potency of conversation as an early modern social networking tool is complicated, both by its gendered status in the period and by its conflation of verbal and physical interaction. Conversation was an embodied act that signified social intimacy, cohabitation, and even sexual intercourse. As such, conversation posed a particular challenge for women, whose virtuous reputation was contingent on sexual and verbal self-control. Early Modern Women in Conversation considers how five women writers from the prominent Sidney and Cavendish families negotiated the gendered interrelationship between conversation and the spatial boundaries delimiting conversational encounters to create opportunities for authoritative and socially transformative utterance within their texts. Conversation emerges in this book as a powerful rhetorical and creative practice that remaps women's relationship to space and language in early modern England."--Publisher's description.

Title Early modern women in conversation / Katherine R. Larson.
Publisher Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire
New York : Palgrave Macmillan
Creation Date 2011
Content 'Intercourses of friendship': gender, conversation, and social performance -- Markets and thresholds: conversation as spatial practice -- Speaking to God with 'a cloven tongue': The Sidney-Pembroke Psalter -- Conversational games and the articulation of desire in Mary Wroth's Love's Victory and Shakespeare's Love's labour's lost -- 'The language of friendship and conversation': Jane Cavendish and Elizabeth Brackley's conversational alliances -- The civil conversations of Margaret Cavendish and Ben Jonson.
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Early modern literature in history
Format xii, 218 pages
23 cm.
Language English
Identifier ISBN9780230298620
System Number 990033722450205171

תנאי השימוש:

Terms of Use

The item is subject to copyright and/or contractual terms of use. 

You may use this item for non-commercial teaching and research purposes only, provided that due credit is given to the creator(s) and/or to the owner of the collection, as applicable.

It is forbidden to harm the author’s honor or reputation by means of altering the item or damaging the integrity of the item.

In addition to specifying the name(s) of the creator(s) when making use of their work, please acknowledge the source of the material as follows: 

From the collection of the National Library of Israel, courtesy of: ______*.

*The name of the collection owner that is indicated in the Library catalog

Any use that does not comply with the above conditions is subject to consent from the owner of copyright in the item and/or the owner of the collection from which the item originated, as applicable.

For any additional copyright information please contact NLI’s copyright inquiry service here.

If you believe that there is an error in the information above, or in case of any concern of copyright infringement in connection with this item, please contact us by e-mail:​​


Have more information? Found a mistake?