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Utopian Negotiation
Aphra Behn and Margaret Cavendish

Oddvar Holmesland

Cloth $39.95s    |    978-0-8156-3312-9    |    2013
ebook 978-0-8156-5208-3

"Provides an important and innovative method for investigating these authors, which will certainly prove useful for future scholars."—Early Modern Women Journal

"A valuable study that will open interesting new avenues for future scholarship in early modern women’s writing and utopian studies"—Eighteenth-Century Fiction

"Utopian Negotiation helps us pair these writers in ways that make each the better for the comparison, and it reframes our tributes to their accomplishments in ways that better reflect the disappointments of their own."—Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature

"Holmesland is a careful, thorough, and gifted reader of Cavendish and Behn; he gives enlightening readings of the broader corpus of writing by these two important women writers, and opens up new ground both in exploring lesser-known texts and in connecting them to wider currents in seventeenth-century literature and culture."—G. Gabrielle Starr, author of Lyric Generations: Poetry and the Novel in the Long Eighteenth Century

"This book reminds us that there is much to be learned from placing Margaret Cavendish and Aphra Behn in dialogue. Oddvar Holmesland confronts the contradictions and ambivalences that pervade the writings of these innovative women, considering how Cavendish and Behn mediate utopian possibilities within the transitional context of Interregnum and Restoration England."—Katherine R. Larson, author of Early Modern Women in Conversation

"Holmesland is a careful, thorough, and gifted reader of Cavendish and Behn; he gives enlightening readings of the broader corpus of writing by these two important women writers, and opens up new ground both in exploring lesser-known texts and in connecting them to wider currents in seventeenth-century literature and culture."—G. Gabrielle Starr, author of Lyric Generations: Poetry and the Novel in the Long Eighteenth Century

"This book reminds us that there is much to be learned from placing Margaret Cavendish and Aphra Behn in dialogue. Oddvar Holmesland confronts the contradictions and ambivalences that pervade the writings of these innovative women, considering how Cavendish and Behn mediate utopian possibilities within the transitional context of Interregnum and Restoration England."—Katherine R. Larson, author of Early Modern Women in Conversation

  Utopian Negotiation

  Oddvar Holmesland is professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Translation Studies at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway. He is the author of A Critical Introduction to Henry Green’s Novels.

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6 x 9, 320 pages, works cited, index

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