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British Literature: Women in the 16th Century

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Kathryn Foy

on 30 October 2012

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Transcript of British Literature: Women in the 16th Century

16th Century Expectations Women were given limited opportunities.
Role: keeper of the household
Feminism (as it is seen now) was nonexistent. This struggle produced high amounts of creativity in women's writing.
Education was discouraged
Time period was known for refusing to grant merit to women's writings and views
"Women who spoke out against the patriarchal system of gender roles ran the risk of being exiled"
Unmarried, vocal women were believed to be witches
Mary Wroth First Englishwoman to write a complete sonnet sequence (Pamphilia to Amphilanthus) as well as an original work of prose fiction.
Broke barriers by writing secular love poetry and romances.
Prominent literary family: Her uncle was Sir Phillip Sydney.
Mentored under her Aunt who was also a poet and translator.
Unhappy in her marriage- had an affair with her 1st cousin.
Urania- prose romance
Katherine Philips One of the first women to acquire fame as a writer in England
"The Matchless Orinda"
John Keats described Philips as "a real feminine Modesty"
Her works and popularity were influential on all women writers of her time.
Born into a rich Presbyterian family, however became an Anglican in her adulthood.
Society of Friendship: small group of women who wrote about love and friendship.
Mary Wroth and Katherine Philips Women in the 16th Century Questions Does our society still hold some form of prejudice against women today?

What are some creative ways to disguise your opinions on a subject into literature?
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